Private Parking Tickets: How It Can Affect Your Credit

Can Private Parking Tickets Affect Your Credit

Parking in the UK is regulated in two major ways; private and public parking. Public parking is managed through the Traffic Management Act, and the respective local authorities manage the public car parks.

Private parking is managed and regulated by the respective private park operator. Examples of private parking owners include hotels, hospitals, schools, railway stations, etc. You earn a Parking Charge Notice (parking ticket) when you fail to comply with the private parking rules and regulations.

You should pay or dispute your parking ticket on time; ignoring your parking ticket might bring dire consequences, such as a negative . DoNotPay helps you contest unlawful parking tickets easily by writing an appeal letter.

No matter where in the UK your PCN was issued, DoNotPay can assist. We have overturned parking tickets in cities such as::

Read further to know more about how you can either pay for a PCN or appeal it and win.

Why Did I Receive a Parking Charge Notice?

A private park operator might issue you with a parking charge notice(PCN) if you do not adhere to the parking guidelines that run that car parking. Private parking operators manage car parks on private land such as educational institutes, health facilities, private residential areas, etc.

The operators can hand you the parking ticket in person or post it to you through your address. The park operators might retrieve your address from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) in case of the following occurrences:

  1. A drive-away - you drove off before the officer could hand you the ticket or attach it to your vehicle.
  2. If you threaten or use force against the parking officer, conversations in car parks are often recorded by security cameras for review by the local authorities.

There are certain pieces of information that the park operator must record correctly for a parking ticket to be valid, such as:

  • The vehicle registration number
  • Make and model of the vehicle
  • Details of the violations
  • Details of where and when you had parked your vehicle

The information must be recorded using a handheld computer or notebook and can be used as proof that you violated the said rules. The private park operators have up to 28 days to post the PCN to you. Any notice sent after 28 days is invalid.

Will a Private Parking Ticket Affect My Credit?

If you ignore them, private or public parking tickets might negatively impact your credit. An unpaid parking ticket is a debt recorded by the private park operators. A and won't harm your credit score.

However, a parking ticket forwarded to a collections agency will appear on your credit record. At times, information from your public records, such as tax evasion, parking ticket debts, and other seemingly small debts, is gathered and used on your credit report.

Modern credit scoring models might ignore parking tickets lower than £100, but parking tickets can exceed this. Also, there is no guarantee that your parking tickets will be ignored despite the amount.

How Do I Deal With a Private Parking Fine?

There are two ways you can deal with a private parking fine:

  1. Pay the Penalty

The average PCN fine is £90, but you can get a 50% discount if you pay the PCN fine within the first 14 days. If you decide to pay the penalty, you should do it within 28 days after receiving the ticket.

Failure to react to the ticket will attract a Notice to the Owner or a Charge Certificate that will increase the amount by 50%, from £90 to £135.

  1. Dispute the Ticket

You can dispute the parking ticket if you believe the PCN was issued under unlawful circumstances by writing to the private park operator. Ensure that you have reasonable arguments and evidence that you do not deserve the ticket.

Contest Private Parking Tickets With the Help of DoNotPay

Appealing a , just like ordinary tickets, is a tedious process that requires you to write a convincing appeal letter attached with tangible evidence.

DoNotPay understands that penning the proper letter might not be easy and has developed a fantastic tool to help you write an appeal letter better and faster. As published by Mail Online, the renowned robot-lawyer successfully disputed over 160,000 tickets and yours could be the next.

Here's how to get started:

DoNotPay can help you fight your parking ticket (again for UK users, we cannot mail the letter.)

  1. Log-in to DoNotPay and go to the Ticket Disputes category. Select the Parking Ticket product.

  2. Upload a photo of your citation.

  3. Provide us with some details on why you believe the citation issued is a mistake.

  4. That’s it! You’ll receive an appeal letter that contains the best argument to win your case.

It's really that simple! You can use the carefully crafted appeal letter to serve as your argument when you challenge your ticket.

What Else Can DoNotPay Help Me With?

Our Parking Ticket product is not limited to helping appeal private parking tickets only. We've successfully appealed over 160,000 parking tickets and yours can be the next one.

DoNotPay can handle traffic and parking tickets in the US as well. The table below shows other US cities where we have handled the most parking tickets in the past few years:

Los Angeles parking ticketsSan Jose parking ticketsNYC parking tickets
Seattle parking ticketsChicago parking tickets

Solve All Your Legal and Administrative Issues With DoNotPay

DoNotPay is an endless well of resources. Are you wondering if a ? We have a detailed guide with all the information you need.

We work with government entities and private companies across all platforms to bring you detailed information and solutions to your long, tedious processes. Here are some of the legal and administrative services we offer to make your life easier:

Sign up today on our website and let us help you solve your problems in less than two minutes.

Want your issue solved now?