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SIP Letter Before Claim
post Tue, 16 Oct 2018 - 10:15
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Hi all,

Sorry for another one of these threads, however I can’t seem to find the exact response to this case.

In Feb 2018, a ticket was issued for parking outside a marked bay in an underground car park. The reasoning for this was that a trolley/object from the car park was in the way of the space and couldn’t be moved, therefore the car was parked slightly to the right to make sure the object wouldn’t fall on the car.

Having read forums, I ignored the letters that proceeded until today I received the letter before claim which asks me to pay £160 or potentially go to court. I understand the likelihood of this is low, but I also know now might be the time to respond.

I've heard people say ignore is the best remedy and the letters will go away as private car parks very rarely bother to go the full distance with the claim, but I feel like that's just wishful thinking.

What do you suggest I reply with for this case?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.


This post has been edited by parkingpaul: Tue, 16 Oct 2018 - 12:31
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post Sat, 19 Jan 2019 - 12:21
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That's a bit of a subjective argument. Some may be able to read and interpret a sentence of that length, in a similar manner in which some were able to read your post with a lack of carriage returns.

Most, if not all, cases are generally won on the basis of fact and legal technicality.

Well done on trying to help though.

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post Sat, 19 Jan 2019 - 12:21
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post Sun, 10 Feb 2019 - 15:09
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Another thought from a newbie.
A SIP site nearby has, in the smallest font, at the bottom of terms sign the following:

'Liability will be limited where users have failed to have regard to their own safety'

Several terms signs at this site can only be read by actually standing in roadway. SIP obviously placed them on the post in this manner to obscure from driver's view. They are a roadwidth away from the tariff signs.

Not sure if this applies to OP's site but would a catch 22 like this be worth mentioning. ie to comply with the term one has to, in effect, fall foul of it by having no regard to ones safety

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