fighting back against the PPCs
It's time to fight back.
Following-on from my original Hub on what to do if you get a PCN from a PPC, this hub gives ideas on how to get your own back in the war on these modern day 'pirates'.
These 'scum' pray on the unsuspecting motorist & ticket them for over-staying their welcome.
One of the biggest 'players' in the field is 'Parking Eye', who, after employing Lisa Ledson, this bunch of scammers have been actively targeting Aldi customers with many being taken to Court.
Can you do anything to teach these companies a lesson ?. Well, the answer is 'yes'. You can use 2 really good means to inflict damage not only to the PPC, but to the land owner as well.
1. Check Planning Approval.
Easy one this. Contact your Council Planning Department to enquire as to what restrictions/covenants were placed on the land as part of the original Planning Permission. Chances are, the carpark will have a restriction stating that it has to allow free parking.
A swift complaint to the same P/D regarding a breach of planning permission might just be enough to kick the Council into action to enforce the landowner to remove the signage and dismiss the PPC.
2. Rateable value.
ALL business premises have a rateable value based on income and size. To qualify for zero business rate value, a carpark needs to generate no income. In other words, it needs to be free.
By insisting that there is a charge for staying beyond a certain limit, the carpark owner has indicated that there is the possibility of an income and as such, should therefore notify the Rates dept. of the change of circumstances.
Of course, this will cost them money, so they will say nothing. YOU however, can simply contact the Council Rates dept. on their 'behalf'. When confronted with the possibility of a back-dated Business Rates demand, it is amazing just how quickly a landowner removes a PPC from their land.