Several news agencies have picked up on the fact that Barry Beavis, 47, of Chelmsford, Essex has lost a parking charge battle. He overstayed his ‘free’ time in a car park ran by ParkingEye by almost one hour. As a result, the company imposed a charge of £85 for his so doing. ParkingEye defended the charge, stating it was “fair, reasonable and legally enforceable”.
Beavis took his case to the Supreme Court, where president Lord Neuberger and Lord Sumption in a joint written ruling said it was not the case that ParkingEye could charge overstayers “whatever it liked.” However, they agreed that “there is no reason to suppose that £85 is out of all proportion to its interests.” This now sets a legal precedent and so in future, should you offer what you believe is ‘reasonable recompense’ for an overstay, you might just find it rejected.
Our advice? Continue to appeal if you are issued a parking ticket that you feel is unjust, whether this is on private or public land. Whilst we can’t comment on particular cases, we’re happy to signpost anyone with any questions to relevant resources.