A Scottish Court orders a motorist to pay £24,500 to a private parking firm in a landmark ruling.
If you are having a bad day, spare a thought for this individual!
Another motorist in Scotland believed that he could ignore parking tickets issued by Councils and was fined £1,260 by a Scottish Court.
This case dispels the myth that private parking charge notices can be ignored as they are not parking fines, per se, especially in Scotland.
By parking on private land you are entering in to a contract with the landowner or car park operator and these invoices are enforceable provided sufficient warning is given in the signage.
This case set a legal precedent in Scotland based on the fact that she knew that she was entering in to a contract by continually parking on the private land and ignoring clear signage. By doing so, she breached the terms of the contract and was liable to pay the invoices that she chose to ignore.
There is no keeper or driver liability in Scotland. That does not mean that you can choose to park wherever you like with immunity.
There may have been loopholes that she could have exploited to cancel it, which I shine a spotlight on in my new book. Nevertheless, she thought she was immune and her arrogance proved to be her downfall.
It is estimated that up to 8.6m private parking tickets will be issued in 2019, which is a 20% increase on the previous year.
This is an unregulated menace that is out of control based on contract law with motorists being ripped off left, right and centre.
How well do you know the law when it comes to parking tickets issued by Councils and speculative invoices issued by private parking firms?