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post Tue, 23 Jul 2019 - 19:58
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I have been reading around for a while now and could do with some help, please:


I received a parking 'fine' from Civil Enforcement Ltd back in September last year as my car was parked at Birmingham Botanical Gardens for three hours. Parking is free for members of the Botanical Gardens only you have to enter your car registration details on the way in. The person driving the car had two small children with her, was distracted and forgot to enter her details.

After receiving the ticket I read online about what to do and understood it was best not to engage and to ignore the letters, which I did.

I now have a claim against me for £268.77. 'Amount claimed' £193.77, Court fee £25, legal representative costs £50 = £268.77.

I still don't want to pay it. There are plenty of signs telling people to enter their details so I don't think that there's a signage issue. The frustrating thing is that driver IS a member, it was a genuine mistake and the amount claimed is completely disproportionate.

I can't remember what the original fine was, stupidly got rid of the correspondence.

These are my questions:

Firstly, do I have any kind of defence or should I not bother?

Secondly, I understand that if I defend the claim I lose, but that no CCJ if paid within a month. My concern is that I stand to lose more than £268 if I contest if and fail - is there a chance of this?

Finally, if CEL do decide to go to court, do I have to be there in person?

Thank you so much to anybody who takes the time to help!
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post Wed, 24 Jul 2019 - 07:08
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Please ignore this - I started a separate thread and can't see how to delete this one
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