I live in the UK. I received a PCN “…for the alleged breach of advertised terms and conditions…”(described in footnotes). They are around registering or ‘paying and displaying’ a valid car parking permit. The only evidence given of this alleged breach are two photos, one each of my entry and exit.
[I had bought and displayed a ticket/parking permit completely covering the length of time parked, but this is a separate issue which I am not exploring in this present query]
What I would like to ask is specifically whether this an adequate/correct/valid charge? I would’ve thought they’d need to 1) show in a photo that I have no valid parking permit displayed and then 2) state that they have no record of an online or telephone registration of my parking permit. These would then show evidence of breaching their terms and conditions.
I don’t think showing photos of entry and exit alone proves that the terms and conditions have been breached. If I had registered, or paid and displayed a valid parking permit, I would still have a photo of entry and exiting too. So such photos cannot distinguish between someone who has or has not breached the terms and conditions.
I’d think that ‘entry and exit photos’ as evidence in a PCN only works at a ‘pay before exit’ type of parking, as it can distinguish those who have or not paid before exiting.
If the entry and exit photos are legally adequate, I would be grateful if this can be explained: on what basis is this adequate?
I would be grateful for any responses.
The terms and conditions :
“parking and payment terms
*where you are in possession of a valid permit you agree to park in accordance with the terms set out in the permit. All permits must be registered or clearly displayed during your parking period (please see signage for additional details)
*if you do not have a valid permit and payment is required for parking, you agree to make a payment in accordance with the tariff set out on the signage throughout the car park.
*where your vehicle registration is necessary for making payment for parking you agree to enter your full and correct vehicle registration into the payment machine and make the appropriate payment upon entry or before removing your vehicle from the car park (as specified on the tariff signage).
*we use anpr cameras. the parking time is calculated by the anpr cameras from the point of entry to the point of exit. where anpr is not in use our parking attendants will record entry and exit times. you agree to park fully within the confines of a marked parking bay.
*[about disabled blue badge]
*[about disabled concessions]
*[about parent and child]
*[about not being responsible for damage or loss]