Private Parking Appeal Loopholes

Use these appeal loopholes to get your parking ticket cancelled. Simply answer a few questions and our app will write the parking ticket appeal.

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Best Private Parking Appeal Loopholes

Here are the appeal reasons to get your ticket cancelled. Our app contains all these appeal reasons plus 50 more to appeal your ticket.

1. Ticket Issued After 14 Days

If the operator issued the parking ticket by post it must be issued within 14 days according to POFA 2012 in Section 9(5), this is also emphasised in the BPA rules in section 22.9. It is important to also know that you can only use this appeal reason if you appeal as the registered keeper. If you make a mistake and mention that you were driving, the loophole is no longer available. You should therefore use the private parking appeal app to write your appeal and be guided step by step how to appeal your ticket.

2. No Keeper Liability

If your parking charge notice does not say that the operator is using POFA 2012 to transfer liability to you, then this means that the vehicle keeper can not be held liable for the charge. Because the operator does not know who was driving, they can only transfer liability to the keeper if they use POFA 2012 Schedule 4. However, this only works if you do not reveal the driver. It is therefore important that you do not reveal the driver.

Private Parking Appeal Loopholes

3. The Parking Session Was Correct

If you receive a parking ticket after you visit a pay and display car park, but you bought a parking permit, we understand that you may be surprised that you have received parking charge, don’t worry, here is how to check if your ticket was issued correctly.  

The operator may your parking session time in total minutes, for example, if you paid for 2 hours (120 minutes), this doesn’t include your consideration time and grace period at the end of each parking session. The total genuine period of parking would be 135 minutes.

Example Parking Session:

  • Arrived at the car park at 12:00
  • Paid for 2 hours parking from 12:05 to 14:05
  • And you leave the car park at 14:15

There is a chance you would receive a parking charge for breaking the terms of parking. To successfully appeal the parking charge, you have to show the operator that you did not overstay because IPC and BPA Approved Operator Scheme rules allows for:

  • 5 minutes minimum consideration time
  • 10 minutes grace period

This is covered in section 13 Consideration and Grace Periods and therefore, the operator have not issued the ticket correctly. If the operator don’t allow your appeal, you can easily win your appeal when you submit your appeal to the tribunal.

4. You Paid For Parking

If you simply paid for parking and your ticket was not on display. You should provide a copy of the permit you had on the day as evidence. They should review the evidence and see that parking was paid for and cancel the charge. Simply use the same option provided on the app above and select “Yes”, provide your pay and display permit as evidence.

5. You Did Not Overstay

Yes, you can still get a parking ticket even if you left the car park on time. If parking was allowed for more than 1 hour, then you have 10 minutes grace period to leave the car park at the end of your session. Simply summarise the driver’s time of parking as stated in section 3 above and you will be fine.

6. Signs were Not Clear

Signs play an important role in enforcing parking tickets. If the signs are not clear or visible, then you have a genuine defence to contest them. Signs must also be clear at night.

There are 2 types of signs which must be clear and visible at all times.

  1. Entrance Signs must be big and show that the car park is private land
  2.  Signs showing Terms of Parking must be clearly displayed in the car park

The BPA rules state in section 19.3 that “Signs showing your detailed terms and conditions must be at least 450mm x 450mm“. If you find that the signs are small. Use select the relevant option in our app to challenge them.

7. You were a Genuine Customer

Imaging visiting your favourite supermarket be it Tesco, Sainsbury’s or even a restaurant. You expect to spend more money with the retailer than with the car park.

If you do not have a legal loophole, you should consider talking to the retailer directly and asking them to step in. If you can visit them locally, take your parking ticket and proof of purchase with you. 

All landowners have the power to cancel a parking ticket. Think of this way, what do you think would happen if the parking company issued a ticket to the store manager? Exactly, it would be swifly cancelled.

8. Use Your Voice on Social Media

You would be surprised at the power of Twitter, Facebook and Email to get tickets sorted.
Brand reputation is very important and a negative parking ticket experience is something they will often correct.

Send the retailer a message asking them to confirm how you can get your ticket cancelled. 

Alternatively email the CEO and explain that you are a customer and need their help to get a ticket cancelled. You can find contacts and email addresses on the ceoemail website. Send them a message explaining your situation and you should see your parking ticket disappear.

9. You Can Name a Driver

This is not a loophole but the law says that if the vehicle keeper names a driver, the parking company has to pursue the driver. The driver can be based anywhere on earth because anyone who is legally allowed to drive could be given permission by the vehicle owner. 

You are probably wondering, can they use CCTV images? The answer is NO. The images from CCTV can only be used to monitor vehicles entering and leaving car parks. 

You should only do this if the person accepting liability understands this up front and knows how to appeal.