MOTHER OF TWO HIT WITH A £185 FINE FOR OVERSTAYING HER TIME IN A CAR PARK – 01/11/2016
This is an interesting case here that is worth touching on here as it raises a few interesting points.
The 10 minute grace rule under the Consumer Rights Act 2015 does not apply when you park on private land, as you are entering in to a contract with the (private) land owner.
Car park signs which set out the terms of the contract that you have entered in to need to be clearly visible and easy to interpret.
You cannot be fined for parking on private land, although you can be presented with an invoice (disguised as a fine) that has to be less than £100.
You cannot simply ignore it, not appeal and hope it won’t be enforced as civil action for recovery in the Courts can be applied (and has in this instance). You have breached the terms of the contract you have entered in to with the land owner.
This individual appears to have been 10 mins and 10 seconds over the 2 hour limit, so where do you draw the line? It is a clear breach, although it would have been worth appealing rather than simply not bothering.
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