Parking Fine At Services

I have today received through the post from CP Plus a CHARGE NOTICE.
This is for parking at the Clacket Lane South Services for 39 mins over the allowed / free 2 hour time limit.

The payment requested is for £80.00 but will be reduced to £50.00 if paid within 14 days, or if not paid within 28 days will increase by £40.00 to £120.00.; The two photo's on the notice show my car entering and leaving the services but not actually in the bay I was parked in.

I have read on the net different opinions as to if this notice is enforcable and there is a clip of Watchdog with Anne Robinson and a legal person showing the ticket being made into a paper aeroplane.

I don't wish to end up being taken to court for hundreds of pounds but at the same time don't want to part with £50.00 unless I really have to. £50.00 for 39mins over works out at £1.28p per minute.

If I just ignore it do you think they are likely to pursue it or could it costs me more in the long run.

Asked on 28 April 2012 by VWGOLFTDI

Answered by Honest John
It's an outrage, I have challenged motorway service operators about this and received a reply that should be published in late June. I want the period of free parking extended to at least 4 hours so when a motorist sees a government sign "Tiredness can kill. Take a break" he can actually take a break at a motorway service area and not be penalised for doing so.

In your case, allow your case to go to court and defend yourself, stating you were following government orders at a government appointed rest area. The only reason for the 2 hour limit is so that the parking enforcement agency can make money out of it.
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