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  • KAustin
    started a topic Smart parking limited

    Smart parking limited

    Hi all, I have a PCN with date of contravention 21/10/2023 and date issued: 09/11/2023, so 19/20 days, correct? does it have to be working days? I thought, as I have read other legislation, it could have been longer, so in my case, what can I do now? Based on other threads (which I'm not allowed to comment on or discuss anything on) I can send a letter?

    Please note I have appealed (still awaiting) basically as a ticket was purchased but from the wrong machine, so a stay ticket (I thought) given that the carpark layout is horrendous and actually encompasses (found out later) two different car parks. Its the one in Bury opposite the Rock.


    Any help is appreciated. Thanks
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  • des8
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    You might receive further threatening letters from Debt Recovery Plus, or you might receive a letter from a firm called CST LAW which will be a "reminder notice" with some scary red letters used.

    Eventually you might receive a "letter before Action" which is to advise you they are about to commence court action

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  • KAustin
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    What is the next bit? Understand when looking at other posts the recommendation is to ignore. But usually those are not in my position, with the stress and anxiety

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  • des8
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    Standard response, so you either pay or ignore and await the next chapter

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  • KAustin
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    Originally posted by KAustin View Post
    I will see what/if I get a response from the above. If that fails well, lets what happens. I see a similar occurrence has happened on another thread. so will keep my eye on that.
    Hi, help again please. Despite recorded delivery, with the above, they have responded (understand auto generated letter), saying there has been no contact. Utter cheek despite getting delivered letters!

    Where do i stand now? Obviously stressful. However I have provided dialogue with written responses. Help. Thanks
    Attached Files

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  • KAustin
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    I will see what/if I get a response from the above. If that fails well, lets what happens. I see a similar occurrence has happened on another thread. so will keep my eye on that.

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  • des8
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    Those letters are fine, but don't expect to get a reasoned answer, if any.

    You mention paying rather than going to court, which is stressful and time consuming
    That is completely your choice, and I can quite understand it.

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  • KAustin
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    Do these work? I will write this to Smart:

    To whom it may concern,
    I have received your Notice to Keeper for PCN xxxx for vehicle VRM xxxx

    You have failed to comply with the requirements of Schedule 4 of The Protection Of Freedoms Act 2012 namely, but not limited to, failing to deliver the notice within the relevant period of 14 days as prescribed by section 9 (4) of the Act. You cannot, therefore, transfer liability for the alleged charge from the driver at the time to me, the keeper.

    There is no legal requirement to name the driver at the time, this has not been done, and I will not be doing so. You have also failed to notify the keeper of any outcome of any appeal which is very poor practise.

    Any further communication with me on this matter, apart from confirmation of no further action and my details being removed from your records, will be considered vexatious and harassment.
    This includes communication from any Debt Collection companies you care to instruct.
    Regards


    and the below to Debt RP:

    Dear sirs

    REF
    Your letter of 29/01/2024

    This alleged debt is disputed and you should cease all collection activities and return the matter to your principals.

    Any further communication from you will be deemed harassment and referred to your regulatory body. In view of any further communication, I suggest you read the FCA Handbook Conc 7.14 about disputed debts.
    In case you have trouble locating your copy it states:
    "A firm must suspend any steps it takes or its agent takes in the recovery of a debt from a customer where the customer disputes the debt on valid grounds or what may be valid grounds."

    Now return the debt to your principals or be reported to the regulatory authorities.

    Yours faithfully

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  • KAustin
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    Ok, seems more benefit just to pay the 170 rather than go through this as I dont want to go to court.

    What is the wording I should use in both cases. Should I raise a subject access request for the file with Smart? I never received any confirmation that the appeal was denied, the email I received initially stated all 'charges' were paused until the outcome of the appeal, however I received no such notice of the decline, meaning there was no 'opportunity' to pay the reduced amount. Surely it is up to them to prove it was posted / emailed?

    Sorry as like others this is getting stressful.

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  • des8
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    There are steps which they should take, and if you challenge they will say they have followed procedures and it's not their fault if post is not delivered!

    Anyway Debt Recovery Plus are toothless debt collectors, so just write to them that the alleged debt is being disputed and so they should cease collection activities and return the file to their principal.
    Also write to Smart requesting confirmation that following your appeal they will cancel the charge and also call off the DCA

    (send both 1st class with free certificate of posting from post office)


    They won't, but you need to follow the system as eventually, if it goes to court and you win, you might obtain costs on the basis of their unreasonable behaviour or for harassment

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  • KAustin
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    Hi, so lo and behold, not even a rejection notice from Smart Parking, and not even the option to appeal through POPLA. Aren't there steps they should follow? See the attached letter now received. What are the next steps for me?

    Thanks in advance.

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  • des8
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    As I said earlier Smart Parking aren't the sharpest knife in the box, so I shouldn't worry about them (nor about any toothless debt collectors)

    Any court claim can also easily be dealt with

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  • KAustin
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    Ok I hope that will be the next stage, however the appeal was sent to SP 17/11 I have not heard from them and I presume it will be unlikely they will act like a proper company and send correspondence pertaining to any outcome and the first I will hear will be a debt collection agency? Generally I am furious that they should not have to evidence following any due process for appeals if that is the case. I did call POPLA however found them to be as useless as a sponge on the deck of the titanic!

    All ifs and buts so I will sit tight and post if I hear anything otherwise? Thanks

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  • des8
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    So Smart Parking will reject your appeal (they don't make money accepting it)

    They will give you a POPLA code to enable you to appeal there, which you do by stating the PCN was not PoFA compliant and that the driver has not been, and will not be, identified so SmartParking can go whistle.
    Be careful not to tick "the driver"

    No need to get tied up with which meter was for which bit of tarmac!

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