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Is it legal for supermarkets to give you parking fines if you are parked in their carpark for more than 3 hours? I was given a fine of £70 for parking in the carpark for one day. The letter said that there are signs up in the carpark stating that there would be fines, but I have never seen these signs in the carpark. Also it says that "upon entering the carpark, you agree to the terms and conditions..." but surely you have to sign or verbally agree to terms before anything is legally binding? Do I have to pay this fine?
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I am in Aberdeenshire - It was a Tesco carpark that charged me
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Have you admitted being the driver yet?

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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
Hi, no have not admitted anything. I was driving my partners car
Solicitor: TNV, Lawyer replied 8 years ago

In Scotland they cannot enforce these charges. There is no law allowing them to fine you in this manner. They send out these letters in the hope that some people will pay these charges (and some people do) however if you ignore the demands for payment they usually do not follow through to court action.

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