This blog serves to answer the question “How Can I Challenge A Euro Parking Services PCN?” A Private Car Parking Company PCN needs to be challenged like a regular higher level parking PCN and given that car parks have strict regulations regarding vehicles using their premises they are also strongly enforced. You can further challenge your Notice of Rejection of Representations from Euro Parking services with the Parking on Private Land Appeals service to launch a fresh appeal to your Parking PCN.

How Can I Challenge A Euro Parking Services PCN?

You need to approach a Euro Parking services PCN challenge by considering the parking contravention code you have been charged with, for instance the contravention code is 95 , parked in a parking space for another purpose than that designated. Here you must show that your vehicle was actually parked for the correct purpose and you had intended to park in the specific parking zone run by Euro Parking services. This can be done by using photographs from the traffic violation scene or video evidence which clearly explains that you planned to visit and park in the specific parking zone.

Similarly parking code 86 not parked correctly within the limits of a parking bay or space also needs you to to show how your vehicle was parked with its tyres at least half within the markings of the zone, which can only be done by using video footage of the scene. The CCTV camera run by Euro Parking services car parks and its Enforcement Officers have viewed your vehicle to be outside the limits of your designated parking space and the evidence you provide must be authentic and clearly showing your point of view to dispute their evidence.

Other parking PCNs which concern parking permits need to be challenged by using your paid pay and display tickets to show that you actually had parked your vehicle for the amount of time you purchased your ticket. Some extreme circumstances like a medical emergency can also be used to challenge these kinds of contravention codes if you have proper certificates from a certified General Practitioner to prove your circumstances. It is also necessary to establish a cause and effect relationship between this serious health condition and you abandoning your vehicle in the parking zone without informing the relevant authorities.

In many cases, PCNs are not enforceable and you may be able to win your case and avoid having to pay your fine.

You could begin the process by speaking to an online solicitor for as little as £5. 

Can I Only Challenge My Euro Parking PCN online?

Yes, you can only challenge a Euro Parking PCN on the Euro Parking services website 

Your Euro Parking PCN appeal can be initiated by clicking here and entering your Parking PCN number, your Vehicle Registration Number. Once you have entered these details, you can click on “Submit” to find your Parking PCN on the Euro Parking services online Parking Portal. 

You can view CCTV camera footage of your traffic contravention before constructing your PCN appeal. The reasons for your disputing the PCN can be typed into a word processing software first and related to the text of the relevant traffic contravention code as well as to the specific material evidence you plan to use in your appeal. These reasons need to be formally compiled into an appeals letter to be submitted to Euro Parking services along with any material evidence.

So you can take 3 to 4 days for recollecting your thoughts about the traffic violation incident and even check your vehicle to recall the position in which it was parked that day. If you were driving with a passenger, their observations of the scene from the back seat of your vehicle could also help you to explain exactly what happened. Evidence including photos and videos can be attached online to your Euro Parking PCN challenge by accessing the Euro Parking services PCN Database.

You have to make the challenge to your Euro Parking PCN within 28 days of receiving your “Notice to Owner”.

If Euro Parking services accept your PCN appeal, the PCN will be annulled and you will not be liable for paying any monetary penalty. In case the council sends you a “Notice of Rejection” by disapproving of your representation you will have to pay the amount mentioned on your PCN.

What do I need to know about Euro Parking Services?

Euro Parking services has car parks in Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle, Manchester, Sheffield, London. These constitute a total of 500 car parks across the UK. Euro Parking services has learnt to cater to the needs of clients who have faced parking abuse from non authorised vehicles using their parking areas. This has become an area of focus for Euro Parking as it has developed a client-centred problem-solving approach to its services.

Euro Parking Services provides on-street and off-street parking management. Euro Parking services manages and maintains car parks for hotels, supermarkets, retail and leisure parks as well as local authorities. Euro Parking services is registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office for data compliance purposes, so it can request your registered keepers details from the DVLA to recover any unpaid PCN fines or to hand you a Penalty Charge Notice. These registered keeper’s details are also passed on to Gladstone Solicitors if you fail to pay your Parking PCN within the normal 28 days and the extra 14 days.

The Euro Parking services have their car parks managed by professional Enforcement Officers who operate in a non-confrontational manner. Euro Parking services manages car parks ranging from 1 to over 2000 parking spaces.

Which parking contravention codes are enforced in Euro Parking services car parks?

The following parking contravention codes are enforced in Euro Parking services car parks:

  • Contravention Code 71 parked within an electric vehicle’s charging space without being charged (in restricted hours)
  • Contravention Code 73 parked without paying the required parking charge.  (with a 10-minute observation time)
  • Contravention Code 80 parked in a parking space for a duration longer than that allowed by the car park.  (with a 10-minute observation time)
  • Contravention Code 82 parked after the expiry of the time limit mentioned on the parking permit or pay and display ticket (with a 10-minute observation time)
  • Contravention code 83. Parked in a Euro car park without clearly showing the parking permit or pay and display ticket on its windscreen  (with a 10-minute observation time)
  • Contravention code 84. Parked in a Euro car park with payment made to extend(parking) beyond the original time limit first paid for. You can only buy parking for your vehicle once when you bring your vehicle to the Euro car park and this amount (time duration) should be enough for your visit.
  • Contravention code 86. A vehicle that is shown not to be clearly parked within its designated parking space.
  • Contravention code 90. A vehicle that has been reparked within the same car park within one hour of leaving the zone
  • Contravention code 93. A vehicle has been left parked inside a car park, while the Euro car park was closed.
  • Contravention code 94. A vehicle that has been left parked inside a pay-and-display car park without properly displaying 2 pay and display tickets where required.
  • Contravention code 95. A vehicle that has been left parked within a euro parking zone for a different purpose than that which the car park is meant for.
  • Contravention code 96. A vehicle that has been left parked in a euro car park with its engine on (where prohibited)

How Can I Pay A Euro Parking Services PCN?

You should be aware of the fact that you can only pay your Euro Parking PCN fine online. The PCN fine can be paid online on the Euro Parking Services official website. This payment method saves time and is also more precise as your details are entered directly into an electronic database.

If you were looking for a postal order payment option or a choice for paying your PCN fine via an automated payments hotline, you might be disappointed to learn that these options are unavailable for your Euro Parking Services PCN.

You need to enter your Parking Charge (Notice Reference) Number and Vehicle Registration Number after opening this webpage to initiate the PCN fine payment online. After clicking “Submit” you will be shown your Penalty Charge Notice information and in the next window, you can enter your payment card details. You must remember to wait for 24 hours after your PCN is issued before attempting to pay it.

What happens if I don’t pay my Euro Parking services PCN within 28 days?

You should not consider a private car park PCN any less than a regular PCN issued by your local council. The higher level parking contravention codes enforced by Euro Parking services make you legally bound to respect them while using the company’s parking zones.

If you neither pay your Euro Parking Services PCN within 28 days nor decide to appeal against it, you will be sent a letter from the car park company to pay your PCN in full within 14 days. If you donot pay the PCN within the next 14 days, you (nonpayment) case will be passed on to Gladstone Solicitors. Your actions will also result in the filing of a court order (for recovery of debts) against you by Euro Parking Services.

Your unpaid Parking PCN amount will be treated as a debt with the Traffic Enforcement Centre at the Northampton County Court.

The court order for debt recovery enforces that the charge certificate amount must be paid in full within 21 days the county court will have to use additional powers to recover the money from your possession which means employing Enforcement Agents, namely the Gladstone Solicitors to (contact you or) visit your personal premises.

Can I dispute my Notice of Rejection with POPLA if Euro Parking Services dismisses my appeal?

You can dispute your Notice of Rejection of Representations from Euro Parking Services with the Parking on Private Land Appeals service (POPLA). Your challenge can be sent in 2 different ways, the first method is to download the POPLA Appeals Form, print it out and send it to the Parking On Private Land Appeals service postal address:

POPLA,

PO Box 1270,

Warrington,

WA4 9RL

The letter must mention the 10-digit reference number in your Notice of Rejection from Euro Parking Services. You need to remember that the appeal to POPLA is just like a regular Parking PCN challenge. You can upload evidence such as video clips of your traffic violation scenes (taken from inside your vehicle), medical certificates from a certified General Practitioner, and scanned copies of “pay and display” tickets.

The evidence is necessary to convince the Parking on Private Land Appeals service that you did not breach the relevant Parking contravention code. You should preferably memorise all these codes before using the Euro Parking Services car parks, so that you know how to challenge a PCN and can do your best to avoid getting one.

If you have mentioned mitigating circumstances in your POPLA appeal, you must be able to explain the cause-and-effect relationship between the condition which led you to commit the traffic violation (such as leaving your vehicle parked for an extended period of time owing to a medical emergency). The evidence material to be sent with your written representation needs to be a document or photographs from the scene of the incident. You can convert a video clip into photographs by using a video player or video editing software by simply taking snapshots of the relevant frames showing your claim.

A first-class mail letter takes between 1 to 2 days to reach POPLA and second-class mail takes between 3 to 5 days. So you need to send in your challenge by the 20th day at the latest for it to be considered side by side with the Euro Parking Services legal proposition.

You also need to remember that you must submit a challenge to your Notice of Rejection from Euro Parking services to POPLA within 28 days of receiving your Notice of Rejection.

How can I submit my challenge to the Notice of Rejection of Representations from Euro Parking services by using the online form?

In order to submit your challenge to the Notice of Rejection of Representations from Euro Parking services online, you need to visit the POPLA website. On this page you need to first agree to the terms and tick each one off and enter your 10 digit verification number stated on the Notice of Rejection from Euro Parking services. You need to click on “I Confirm that the operator is correct” and click on “Start Appeal” after that. On the next page you will be asked for your Euro Parking Services Parking PCN Number, Vehicle Registration Number, the reasons for your challenge and the evidence material to support your case (which can be uploaded onto the POPLA system).

Here you can easily attach evidence material such as video clips and scanned copies of your medical certificates (for supporting your mitigating circumstances) through your computer. It is also an advantage to be able to first edit the text of your formal representation in a word processing software and then transfer it onto the online appeals form on the POPLA website. A better-worded parking contravention challenge that mentions the legal technicalities stated in the Road Traffic Act 1988 or the Traffic Management Act 2004 regarding your parking contravention code to put forward your challenge will be considered a strong formal representation.

The evidence attached to your challenge should also be correctly matched with the grounds of your appeal and not seem out of place. The document or video clip needs to clearly prove your mitigating circumstances or show that the traffic contravention didn’t occur, and convince POPLA to accept your evidence over that provided by Euro Parking services.

Once POPLA is satisfied that Euro Parking Services’s case has been refuted outright by your representation of the matter, the adjudicator (or assessor) of your case will probably make the final decision in your case.

This decision will be sent to both you and to Euro Parking Services via email simultaneously. If the decision by POPLA is made in your favour the Euro Parking Services PCN will immediately be cancelled.

If your appeal is rejected by Parking on Private Land Appeals service, you will have to pay the fine within the next 28 days to avoid your case being taken to the debt collection stage by Euro Parking Services.

At POPLA “assessors” or adjudicators of your case will make their final decision based on :

  • The act of legislation your case (traffic contravention) refers to such as the Traffic Management Act 2004
  • The Code of Practice used by The British Parking Association
  • The articles of evidence put forward by Euro Parking Services Ltd and you which are representing opposing viewpoints of the situation.

Conclusion

This blog post addressed the question “How Can I Challenge A Euro Parking Services PCN?” A few basic points to remember when using a car park is to choose the correct one for your type of vehicle and to purchase a parking permit for the exact amount of time you wish to leave your vehicle there. The evidence to be attached with your Euro Car Parks Parking PCN challenge needs to be collected regularly by filming video clips of your vehicle each time it visits a Euro Parking services car park and focusing on the position of your vehicle’s tyres.