I entered my reg plate wrong and received a parking charge - is this legal?

I paid for one hour of parking in a Smart Parking car park but entered my car registration number wrong. I left off the first letter of the registration number and have now received a parking penalty. I appealed this and they were able to verify that the correct amount had been paid, but not for my car. They have now dismissed my appeal. What would you advise?

Asked on 17 February 2017 by Margaret McMurtry

Answered by Honest John
The Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, Clause 56 and Beavis v Parking Eye, Supreme Court November 2015 have given broad edged support to such penalties. It's unfair, but if you breach the terms of the parking contract the penalty is legal.
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