Man claims he was falsely fined for overstaying in Boulevard Shopping Centre in Borehamwood

Borehamwood Times: Alan May Alan May

A father has accused a parking enforcement company of extortion after it fined him for overstaying in a car park when he claims his car was parked ten miles away. 

Alan May, 44, has been threatened with court action by firm Parking Eye, which accuses him of staying one hour and twenty minutes over the three-hour free limit at the Boulevard Shopping Centre car park in June.

However the resident of Thirsk Road in Borehamwood claims he did not visit the shopping centre on that day, and his car was parked at his workplace at Asda's home shopping centre in Enfield.

Mr May said Parking Eye sent him a photograph of his white Ford Fiesta showing when he entered and left the car park, which he claims has been fabricated.

He added he had previously been issued fines by the company for overstaying in the car park but he was adamant he had not.

He said: “I was working as a delivery driver for Asda in June, and my car was definitely parked outside my work place on that day while I was dropping off shopping in the van. But because I don’t have any photographic proof my car was there they are refusing to believe me.

“I know the length of stay in the car park and I never stay more than an hour there, there’s not enough to do in Borehamwood town centre to occupy three hours anyway. Parking Eye has photographs of my car from previous visits and I believe they have doctored the pictures to say my car was there when it was not.

“I am definitely not prepared to pay them any money, as this is extortion. This has made me mad and it needs to be stopped.”

Mr May said he was not the only person he knew of who had been “unjustly” fined by Parking Eye.

He added: “I have heard of many people over the years who have been charged for overstaying at this car park when they were adamant that they had not. However they all paid, as they were scared by the fine letters they received.

“I am determined to fight this all the way, even if it means going to court.”

However a spokeswoman from Parking Eye claims Mr May had been in the car park on the day in question and it had issued a court summons because he had not paid or appealed the fine.

The spokeswoman added: “We understand that genuine mistakes are sometimes made. We therefore operate an audited appeals process and encourage people to appeal if they feel there are mitigating circumstances. 

"The car park user in this case overstayed the free stay period by an hour and twenty minutes, so was issued with a parking charge notice and as this wasn’t paid or appealed, a county court claim was issued.”

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3:20pm Thu 6 Feb 14

mr.taxpayer says...

You dont have to pay these fines, they are basically requests for money, not a fine. Only courts can impose fines.

It's all down to the way they make them look, all official with scary looking words and demands.

Just ignore it. And the next few they send. And the scary ones about debt collectors. - They can't get a penny from you, as you didnt sign a contract.

It's private land and therefore a civil matter between you and landowner.
You dont have to pay these fines, they are basically requests for money, not a fine. Only courts can impose fines. It's all down to the way they make them look, all official with scary looking words and demands. Just ignore it. And the next few they send. And the scary ones about debt collectors. - They can't get a penny from you, as you didnt sign a contract. It's private land and therefore a civil matter between you and landowner. mr.taxpayer

11:51am Fri 7 Feb 14

NewTeacher says...

Please dont give people false information! Parking Eye can and most probably will take him to court and then he will have to pay the fine. The law has changed IF and only IF you have been given an UNFAIR ticket can you challenge it. In this case if what he says is true then it is an unfair ticket as he wasnt there. Im sure he can prove he was at his place of work on that day as his colleagues will be able to vouch for him.
If you have overstayed in a carpark it is not an UNFAIR fine and you will have to pay.
Please dont give people false information! Parking Eye can and most probably will take him to court and then he will have to pay the fine. The law has changed IF and only IF you have been given an UNFAIR ticket can you challenge it. In this case if what he says is true then it is an unfair ticket as he wasnt there. Im sure he can prove he was at his place of work on that day as his colleagues will be able to vouch for him. If you have overstayed in a carpark it is not an UNFAIR fine and you will have to pay. NewTeacher

8:18pm Fri 7 Feb 14

spb1957 says...

New Teacher, you are quite right that Parking Eye can take the driver to court, but a decent defence will easily get the charge overturned, Parking Eye have recently been shot down in flames by a judge who pointed out that their whole business model is 'nonsense'. Anyone who receives a parking charge notice (it is NOT a fine) should google any one of the websites that will point out the legalities. Private parking companies survive purely on the monies they can frighten people into paying
New Teacher, you are quite right that Parking Eye can take the driver to court, but a decent defence will easily get the charge overturned, Parking Eye have recently been shot down in flames by a judge who pointed out that their whole business model is 'nonsense'. Anyone who receives a parking charge notice (it is NOT a fine) should google any one of the websites that will point out the legalities. Private parking companies survive purely on the monies they can frighten people into paying spb1957

9:44am Sun 9 Feb 14

mr.taxpayer says...

Well I ignored the two tickets I received and nothing came of it.

Like I said companies like this have no legal authority to 'fine' you, they can only request it and try to frighten people into paying.

I don't know who told you about 'new laws' NewTeacher but this has been the case for many, many years now. - ANY private land is subject to CIVIL LAW and therefore between you and the landowner.

If you are silly enough to pay up, that's your look out but i'll continue to park for nothing thanks very much.
Well I ignored the two tickets I received and nothing came of it. Like I said companies like this have no legal authority to 'fine' you, they can only request it and try to frighten people into paying. I don't know who told you about 'new laws' NewTeacher but this has been the case for many, many years now. - ANY private land is subject to CIVIL LAW and therefore between you and the landowner. If you are silly enough to pay up, that's your look out but i'll continue to park for nothing thanks very much. mr.taxpayer

10:05am Mon 10 Feb 14

NewTeacher says...

That is NOT the advice any CAB office will give you. And as reported just a few months ago in this newspaper, a man was taken to court and ended up paying a whole lot more than the original fine. If you are parking in the car park you have to follow its rules. Why do you think its ok to park there for free? So if I come and park my car in your drive and leave it there the whole day thats fine is it? As its private land and I'll wait for you to take me to court? I just dont get it. The rules are there to make it fair for people to get a space and do their shopping. If people just flout the rules then all that will happen is that they will put charges in place to use the car park just like Edgware do. I prefer to have FREE parking Im sure plenty of others do too.
That is NOT the advice any CAB office will give you. And as reported just a few months ago in this newspaper, a man was taken to court and ended up paying a whole lot more than the original fine. If you are parking in the car park you have to follow its rules. Why do you think its ok to park there for free? So if I come and park my car in your drive and leave it there the whole day thats fine is it? As its private land and I'll wait for you to take me to court? I just dont get it. The rules are there to make it fair for people to get a space and do their shopping. If people just flout the rules then all that will happen is that they will put charges in place to use the car park just like Edgware do. I prefer to have FREE parking Im sure plenty of others do too. NewTeacher

10:11am Mon 10 Feb 14

NewTeacher says...

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http://www.advicegui de.org.uk/scotland/c onsumer_s/consumer_c ars_and_other_vehicl es_e/consumer_drivin g_and_parking_e/cons umer_parking_tickets _s/parking_tickets_o n_private_land_s.htm NewTeacher

4:16pm Mon 10 Feb 14

spb1957 says...

"That is NOT the advice any CAB office will give you"

Funny that....I just got this from the CAB website.....

'If you get a parking ticket on private land, you can either pay it, challenge it or ignore it'

'If you break the parking rules private landowners can issue a parking ticket and recover the losses they’ve suffered'

'Tickets can also be unfair if the amount you are asked to pay is too much.'

I could go on but I got better things to do
Furthermore, no-one has said it's fair to park there for as long as they like when they feel like it, it's more to the point that the current system is unfair , and from my experience trying to find a parking space recently, doesn't work either
"That is NOT the advice any CAB office will give you" Funny that....I just got this from the CAB website..... 'If you get a parking ticket on private land, you can either pay it, challenge it or ignore it' 'If you break the parking rules private landowners can issue a parking ticket and recover the losses they’ve suffered' 'Tickets can also be unfair if the amount you are asked to pay is too much.' I could go on but I got better things to do Furthermore, no-one has said it's fair to park there for as long as they like when they feel like it, it's more to the point that the current system is unfair , and from my experience trying to find a parking space recently, doesn't work either spb1957

10:03pm Sat 22 Feb 14

charliemartin says...

Parking eye's unlawful fines have become so frequent, that there is now a book about how to fight them in court

http://www.amazon.co
.uk/dp/B00HSITXYG

and excellent website from the parking prankster

http://parking-prank
ster.com/home.html

Parking Eye are losing Court cases all over the place at the moment !
Parking eye's unlawful fines have become so frequent, that there is now a book about how to fight them in court http://www.amazon.co .uk/dp/B00HSITXYG and excellent website from the parking prankster http://parking-prank ster.com/home.html Parking Eye are losing Court cases all over the place at the moment ! charliemartin

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