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Doodler97
post Wed, 20 Oct 2021 - 10:02
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Hello all,

I received a parking charge notice through the post from RegentParking/SolutionLabs on June 18th this year, for £60/£100, and subsequent debt collection letters from CSB solicitors (£170) & DCBL (£160). I have been out of the country/out of town for a few months. These letters were also sent to my old address. The period of 'parking' was 11 minutes, however this was me circling the car park attempting to find a space, I did not actually park & left the car park after circling for a few minutes. I understand I may have missed my chance to appeal, since the PCN states appeals must be made within 21 days, but i'm not sure if I can appeal now since I have only just seen the letters.

Just wondering what my next steps should be, whether I'm out of luck and need to pay the £160, if there is any way I can get this reduced, or if I am still able to appeal and how I should go about this.

Thanks

Edit: Imgur link to images of letters https://imgur.com/a/W00O70e

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post Wed, 20 Oct 2021 - 13:57
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You write to them and tell them that the driver spent that time circling the car par looking for a space and eventually left without finding a space. No parking took place. There was no contract created as they were una le to supply what they were offering. With no contract there can be no breach.

There is a case where a judge commented that driving around is not parking and then dismissed the claim.

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Doodler97
post Wed, 20 Oct 2021 - 16:02
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Thanks.

I need to write to the parking company, and not to the debt collectors I'm assuming? And the fact I did not have a residents permit does not matter, as I was not parked?

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post Wed, 20 Oct 2021 - 17:00
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If the signs said Permit holders only then again there could be no contract as no offer was made of parking to non permit holders. A forbidding sign, no contract.

You're not appealing, you're telling them that you are not liable as the driver did not park and did not create a contract. Tell them that you have been abroad and therefore cannot have seen the NTK within a reasonable period

DCB Ltd are mere debt collectors and can be ignored. I believe CSB are also acting as debt collectors as that is not a conforming Letter Before Claim

Letters to Regents Parking and the solicitor. Include in your letter " My current address for service is [new address ], please remove my previous address from your records". Just in case they try a court case.

Also include reference to that court case.

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