Do I Have To Pay A Parking Ticket Issued In A Private Car Park ?



From SAGA Magazine.


Had a parking ticket from a store’s car park? Do you have to pay the fine if it’s a private car park? Here’s what you need to do…


I parked my car in a store’s car park rather than a council-run facility. I thought that parking was free for customers, but when I returned I found that there was a ticket on my windscreen. As it’s the shop’s car park, not the council’s, do I have to pay?


Derek Millard-Smith, partner, JMW Solicitors, says: Parking charge notices (PCNs) that are issued on private land are still enforceable under the law of contract, just as they are in council-owned ones. When you use any car park, you are agreeing to be bound by the terms and conditions of the site and failure to do so is a breach of the parking contract, which is enforceable in law. You can be pursued for the debt at court if this is not paid. Therefore, do not simply ignore the ticket.


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