Fury over £130 fine and court summons for parking in own space

Fury over £130 fine and court summons for parking in own space

Fury over £130 fine and court summons for parking in own space

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The owner of a property at Imperial Court in Falmouth is up in arms after being issued with a ticket for using his own parking space.

Rob Leggett says he has been issued with a court summons to pay £130 for the ticket, which he is contesting with Armtrac Security Services, the company responsible for parking at the apartment building.

Mr Leggett, who lives in Perranporth and uses the Imperial Court apartment as a “bolthole” and holiday let, was stopping by to change a light bulb when he was ticketed.

He said: “I was parked in Imperial Court, Falmouth in my own parking slot, and put my permit on the dash board only to find it in the foot well on my return, but a penalty charge notice had been issued in the meantime.

“I contacted Armtrac informing them that I own the apartment and parking slot with the naive expectation that they would void the ticket. No such luck, they wouldn't hear of it.”

The manager of Armtrac, who declined to be named, said the company was only complying with the wishes of the building’s management committee, who have said that the onus is on the driver to display a valid permit.

He said: “Mr Leggett might be a permit holder, but if he doesn’t have it on display he gets ticketed, it’s the same for everyone.”

Mr Leggett says he appealed his case to POPLA, the independent body for resolving private parking decisions, with no success.

He said: “I contacted the Imperial Court management committee, and they wouldn’t support me at all, they insisted it should be paid.

“I know of a couple of people who have paid, but why should I? I am going to dispute it on principal.

“Imperial Court don’t pay Armtrac, they pay them nothing, but they have an incentive to catch whoever they can.”

The manager of Armtrac said the POPLA had found in its favour and he was confident that when the case goes to county court the judge will take that into account.

He said: “Mr Leggett was in breach of the car park conditions, which he accepted when he parked in the space.”

“There are large signs when you enter the car park, the conditions are very clear.”

The Imperial Court management committee was unavailable for comment.

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9:46am Mon 13 Jan 14

penryn-resident says...

When appealing to Popla (and potentially in a court) the key argument is always that the charge issued does not represent a 'genuine pre-estimate of loss' (in other words you have supposedly entered into a contract with Armtrac and have breached this, but what loss have they incurred - almost nothing). You could also demand to see their contract with Imperial Court management, does it give them the right to take you to court, and on what basis are they taking you to court as you are not the landowner. Best place to get more specific advice is pepipoo DOT com
When appealing to Popla (and potentially in a court) the key argument is always that the charge issued does not represent a 'genuine pre-estimate of loss' (in other words you have supposedly entered into a contract with Armtrac and have breached this, but what loss have they incurred - almost nothing). You could also demand to see their contract with Imperial Court management, does it give them the right to take you to court, and on what basis are they taking you to court as you are not the landowner. Best place to get more specific advice is pepipoo DOT com penryn-resident
  • Score: 19

4:10pm Mon 13 Jan 14

vickers22 says...

ARMTRAC are just a bunch of thieving gypsies, who have no talent other than jumping around creating companies to obtain monies by any means they can. And probably the appalling fact is that your own management committee won't even back you up, unbelievable. These 'little' committee's have no more vision of what's right & wrong morally anyway, they just live in their own 'better not rock the boat' society & don't let anyone else have a say in our world. ARMTRAC & your committee have no place in this world. Fingers crossed that the judge sees sense..
ARMTRAC are just a bunch of thieving gypsies, who have no talent other than jumping around creating companies to obtain monies by any means they can. And probably the appalling fact is that your own management committee won't even back you up, unbelievable. These 'little' committee's have no more vision of what's right & wrong morally anyway, they just live in their own 'better not rock the boat' society & don't let anyone else have a say in our world. ARMTRAC & your committee have no place in this world. Fingers crossed that the judge sees sense.. vickers22
  • Score: 12

4:18pm Mon 13 Jan 14

rebelrebel says...

The owner of armtrac is Brian Cook who also owns WEST END MOTORS BODMIN, according to another local paper when Armtrac staff were in court themselves. Armtrac are using the fear factor to make people pay, However the headlines of this story call it a fine, wrong they cannot fine you, it is called a penalty charge, If you are unluckly enough to come across this mob, before you rush and pay, do your homework, look up British Car Parking association on the internet read the rules which members have to abide to. Get a copy of agreement between the land owners and Armtrac and study it.. Make sure Armtrac have the signage correctly displayed, take photos, work at it, .... I WILL NOT BE BUYING A CAR FROM WEST END MOTORS
The owner of armtrac is Brian Cook who also owns WEST END MOTORS BODMIN, according to another local paper when Armtrac staff were in court themselves. Armtrac are using the fear factor to make people pay, However the headlines of this story call it a fine, wrong they cannot fine you, it is called a penalty charge, If you are unluckly enough to come across this mob, before you rush and pay, do your homework, look up British Car Parking association on the internet read the rules which members have to abide to. Get a copy of agreement between the land owners and Armtrac and study it.. Make sure Armtrac have the signage correctly displayed, take photos, work at it, .... I WILL NOT BE BUYING A CAR FROM WEST END MOTORS rebelrebel
  • Score: 9

2:03pm Tue 14 Jan 14

jgrumpy says...

See em in court. They'll bottle it. I sued the management of my flat in Cliff Rd last year. They bottled it. They did defend the case though - by claiming that I'd sued for the wrong amount and they actually owed me more!! You couldn't make it up. County Court judges are very sensible people and this behaviour is unreasonable. End of. All of rehab I've is excellent advice.
See em in court. They'll bottle it. I sued the management of my flat in Cliff Rd last year. They bottled it. They did defend the case though - by claiming that I'd sued for the wrong amount and they actually owed me more!! You couldn't make it up. County Court judges are very sensible people and this behaviour is unreasonable. End of. All of rehab I've is excellent advice. jgrumpy
  • Score: 7

2:07pm Tue 14 Jan 14

jgrumpy says...

The last sentence should say all of the above but iPads have a mind of their own!
The last sentence should say all of the above but iPads have a mind of their own! jgrumpy
  • Score: 2

2:07pm Tue 14 Jan 14

jgrumpy says...

The last sentence should say all of the above but iPads have a mind of their own!
The last sentence should say all of the above but iPads have a mind of their own! jgrumpy
  • Score: 1

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