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Do you dispute over staying?
Are you asking if this is a defence?
Yes, it lawful and it is enforceable.
there has been a case called Beavis which has considered the sum of the loss point and it has been decided in favour of the private land fining company. It was always a weak point anyway.
You accept over staying and that is a breach of contract.
There is no positive defence on that basis.
Whether they will sue or not is another matter. Generally speaking they do not. They have become more aggressive recently but it still represents a very small number compared to the number of fines. Obviously that involves a risk on your part but it is not very high.
Can I clarify anything for you?
No. There is never any point in using their appeal's system on any grounds. They are not a proper tribunal. Only the court can decide whether or not you are liable and make you pay.
It is not worth defending on compassionate grounds as this is just plain not a defence.