From David Carrod, LLB (Hons), GCILEx Director, Small Claims Advisor Limited
I have been at the forefront of fighting private parking companies for many years, with a high success rate, and have recently been contacted by a client who received a PCN at Llangrannog.
The facts are that Mr H parked his car there, and paid the £4 tariff for the relevant period of parking, keying in his full registration number. The machine issued a ticket (attached), on which the registration number was truncated so that only the first digit, a letter S, was showing.
He appealed to OPS, and unsurprisingly that was almost instantly rejected. He then appealed to POPLA, and they sided with OPS, saying that it is a condition of parking that a ticket with the full registration number must be displayed. POPLA are not ‘independent’ as they suggest, they are fully funded and controlled by the British Parking Association.
Months later, he received a court claim, drafted by DCB Legal on behalf of OPS (redacted version attached).
I have drafted a Defence for him, and will be there in court to represent him should the case proceed that far, with a very high expectation that the claim will be dismissed in favour of the Defendant.
Please feel free to use /adapt this Defence for others in a similar situation, and to publish it on your website.
David Carrod, LLB (Hons), GCILEx
Director, Small Claims Advisor Limited