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I have just received a parking ticket from Devere Parking Services

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I have just received a parking ticket from Devere Parking Services at Castlepoint Bournemouth. I forgot to put my Disabled Blue Badge although I have a blue sticker in the back window and also my tax disc says disabled. I have been informed my a friend that as this is a private company, they cannot enforce payment.
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: UK Traffic Law
Expert:  Jo C. replied 5 years ago.
Who is the issuer?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Devere Parking Services
Expert:  Jo C. replied 5 years ago.
Have you admitted to being the driver?
Customer: replied 5 years ago.
Expert:  Jo C. replied 5 years ago.
Good. This is a private land fine. They are unenforceable. This is not a parking fine however it may look. These companies are private firms that have no more right to punish you for the man-ner of your parking than your neighbour does. Only the police or the local Council can do that. These are issued on the basis that you have accepted a contract by parking there and breached it by staying too long. To make that work they would have to hang signs over almost every bay and anyway, they still cannot show loss.

The way to stop them dead is to write back refusing to give them the name of the driver. Please note that DOES NOT mean you should lie. Some people don't seem to be able to see the differ-ence between REFUSING the name of the driver and giving false information but there is a very substantial one. They have no power to force from you the name of the driver as they are not the police. They only have a 'contact' with the driver and not the registered keeper.

Please note that will not stop them writing to you. They will send lots of threatening letters. They will pass it on to debt collection and they may get a solicitor to write to you. Unless you actually get a court summons these communications are nothing to worry about. Refusing details of the driver puts an end to any real action being taken.

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