It has become increasingly common for parking operators to seek County Court Judgment (CCJ’s) and Decrees against individuals and companies who do not pay their debts on time. Generally advice given online is now consistent with the outcome of recent major court decisions in favour of parking operators, however there is still some outdated advice online to ignore parking charges which unfortunately over the last few years has resulted in thousands of default CCJ’s being issued to motorists who could have avoided such action if they would have paid their parking charges in the first instance, or alternatively had successfully challenged their parking charge when it was first issued. There have been a number of major changes to the law on parking charges since 2012, such as the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 (that in certain circumstances allows for the keeper to be liable for the parking charge instead of the driver) and the landmark decision of the highest court of the land, the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom in Barry Beavis -v- ParkingEye where the Law Lords ruled in the favour of the parking operator that the parking charge is fully enforceable. In Scotland there has also been the landmark ruling in VCS -v- Carly Mackie clarifying that parking charges in Scotland are fully enforceable. Please see here for further details on this case.
See the list below for some of the CCJ’s our clients have successfully been awarded.
One of our clients, ParkingEye, has now issued circa 30,000 claims to motorists who have ignored Parking Charges and/or the relevant appeal procedures. ParkingEye has been successful in the vast majority of cases including the decision in the Supreme Court (Beavis -v- ParkingEye https://www.supremecourt.uk/cases/docs/uksc-2013-0280-press-summary.pdf).
Our clients regularly and consistently issue CCJ’s to deter non payers. If they are successful in issuing a CCJ then costs and charges may be added to the outstanding amount which may increase it quite substantially.
If you have received a Court claim form on behalf of one of our clients, we suggest you read the notes included in the response pack carefully and deal with the documents by the deadline given.