How to Deal with Private Parking Tickets

Last updated on January 12, 2023 / By 

If you receive a private parking ticket, also known as a “notice to keeper” or “parking charge notice,” you have a few options for how to deal with it. Here are some steps you can follow:

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1. Read the ticket carefully: Make sure you understand the details of the ticket, including the date and time of the alleged offense, the location, the reason for the ticket, and the amount you are required to pay.

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2. Check the ticket for errors: Look for any mistakes or inconsistencies on the ticket, such as incorrect dates or locations. These could be grounds for challenging the ticket.

3. Determine if the ticket is valid: Private parking tickets are issued by private companies and are not the same as official parking fines issued by the government. To determine if the ticket is valid, check if the company issuing the ticket is a member of an accredited trade association, such as the British Parking Association or the International Parking Community.

4. Consider challenging the ticket: If you believe the ticket is not valid or was issued unfairly, you can consider challenging it. You can do this by writing a letter to the company explaining why you believe the ticket should be cancelled.

5. Pay the ticket: If you decide not to challenge the ticket or if your challenge is unsuccessful, you will need to pay the ticket. Make sure to pay before the deadline to avoid additional fees or potential legal action.

It’s important to note that private parking tickets are not enforceable by law and cannot be added to your driving record. However, if you fail to pay a private parking ticket, the company may take legal action to recover the unpaid amount.