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Warrington Guardian: We’ll never return to town We’ll never return to town

I WOULD like to draw readers’ attention to a practice which appears to be happening in Warrington and, probably, all over the country, and which I, in my opinion, can only describe as legal theft.

Having lived in Warrington since we were born my wife and I bought a house in Chester for our retirement, and moved there nearly four years ago.

In January on one of many return trips to our hometown my wife used a ‘private’ car park close to Warrington town centre which advertised all day parking.

Putting the correct amount in the machine and displaying the ticket she received on the dashboard, she went to do some shopping.

Once home she disposed of the ticket, as you would, and thought no more about it.

Two weeks later we received a ‘parking charge notice’ from the car park managers fining us £100 (£60 if paid within 14 days) for illegal parking; not telling us the offence, just listing the possibilities.

My wife is 100 per cent certain she did everything correctly but without the ticket, can prove nothing.

Who keeps used car park tickets anyway? It is the responsibility of the driver to prove their innocence and the car park operators know it. Needless to say, the appeal was rejected.

How many other innocent people has this happened to and how many have paid the £60 just to make it go away?

After much correspondence, we still haven’t been told the exact reason for the fine but it has taught us one lesson – never dispose of your used tickets and, my wife has vowed never to shop in Warrington again! Again, how many others have said the same?

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3:30pm Thu 6 Mar 14

warrington_biker says...

Quite simple.. dont pay it:

http://www.moneysavi
ngexpert.com/reclaim
/private-parking-tic
kets
Quite simple.. dont pay it: http://www.moneysavi ngexpert.com/reclaim /private-parking-tic kets warrington_biker
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4:17pm Thu 6 Mar 14

MikeJT says...

It is NOT the responsibility of the car owner to prove they paid. It is the responsibility of the car park to prove you were "illegally" parked.

Any action to enforce the parking charge must be made through the courts and for the action to succeed, the car park owner would have to provide evidence that the vehicle was parked contrary to the stated terms. The land owners would need time and dated photographic proof of the vehicle not displaying a ticket.
It is NOT the responsibility of the car owner to prove they paid. It is the responsibility of the car park to prove you were "illegally" parked. Any action to enforce the parking charge must be made through the courts and for the action to succeed, the car park owner would have to provide evidence that the vehicle was parked contrary to the stated terms. The land owners would need time and dated photographic proof of the vehicle not displaying a ticket. MikeJT
  • Score: 3

10:16pm Fri 7 Mar 14

local man says...

you cant get a fine on a private car park, look carefully it will say 'Parking Charge Notice' or similar. They make it look like a genuine ticket but it isnt.
Too late now but next time acknowledge the letter and tell them you will send it on to the person who was driving. Dont admit it was you, they cannot enforce a charge against vehicle owner or keeper, just the driver. And unlike councils or the police, they have no powers to compel you to say who it was.
you cant get a fine on a private car park, look carefully it will say 'Parking Charge Notice' or similar. They make it look like a genuine ticket but it isnt. Too late now but next time acknowledge the letter and tell them you will send it on to the person who was driving. Dont admit it was you, they cannot enforce a charge against vehicle owner or keeper, just the driver. And unlike councils or the police, they have no powers to compel you to say who it was. local man
  • Score: 0

5:00pm Sat 8 Mar 14

toodlepip1 says...

You should have parked on the double yellow lines on the bottom of Bridge Street. I walk past there every day and the same white car is parked there 5 days a week.
You should have parked on the double yellow lines on the bottom of Bridge Street. I walk past there every day and the same white car is parked there 5 days a week. toodlepip1
  • Score: 2

7:19pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Quecumber says...

Why not join the bloke parked opposite the junction of Hill Cliffe Road in Walton and force even more cars onto the opposite side of the outside bend of a junction at rush hour. After all, it's just not dangerous enough!
Why not join the bloke parked opposite the junction of Hill Cliffe Road in Walton and force even more cars onto the opposite side of the outside bend of a junction at rush hour. After all, it's just not dangerous enough! Quecumber
  • Score: 2

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