I have had a letter today from a genuine parking company with a fine for £100 for parking " without a permit or authority". I have googled where I allegedly got the fine and I have never been there or would be likely to go there for any reason. Unfortunately I was working from home that day so can't actually prove I WASNT there and as it's only about an hour from home I could conceivably have got there and back and been seen at school drop off and pick up ( only witnesses I could possibly use) The parking company only allow payments by phone and all other correspondence has to be by post. I'm loathe to engage with them as I don't want to be seen to be admitted anything and also I think why the hell should the onus be on me to prove I wasn't there. However, I don't want it to escalate so should I write? They describe it as an appeal but by appealing am I admitting there is something to appeal against? My theory is cloned plate or human error as I most certainly was NOT where they claim I was. Any advice please?
The burden of proof is on them and that requires photographic evidence at the very least. I wouldn't pay up if they simply claim their worker saw your vehicle. They could have easily written the wrong license plate on their paperwork by accident.
Maybe contact in writing (keeping a copy for yourself) and getting proof of delivery, stating it's not an admittance of guilt as it was not you or your vehicle, would they send you a picture of their evidence so you can prove they are wrong
No, no photo of the car ( which there couldn't be as I wasn't there) DH is adamant that my engaging I'm admitting guilt but I have spoken to the DVLA and they think it would be better to contact the parking company and ask to see their proof
It used to be the case that you should ignore parking companies but the law has changed. They are now able to enforce their fines.
Engaging with them is not an admission of guilt. Appealing is not an admission of guilt. You are appealing against them fining you. That does not in any way mean you are admitting that your car was there. You should appeal.