To believe that NCP are money grabbing w**kers who would rob their own grannies?
tigersmom · 09/02/2007 14:16
Does anyone have any great tips to get out of carpark fines??
I've just retruned to my car, in a NCP carpark to find a £25 charge (£50 if it takes me more than 2 weeks to pay). I was only 7 minutes late!
Obviously the jobs worth car park attendant was pissed off with working in the snow and decided to get me!
He was probably the same prick who argued with me a couple of months ago for taking 'too long' to get a baby in the car - to set the scene.... someone decided that they HAD to park in my space and therefore hold up the flow of traffic. I was alone, pregnant, with umpteen bags of shopping, pushchair and DS in 'meltowwn mode' over having to get in the carseat.
GGGRRRRRRRRRRR !!!!!! these guys make me SOOOOO mad - how do they sleep at night?!
sexkittyinwaiting · 09/02/2007 14:30
Tigersmom, write to them and make up a lie about why you were only a tinsy bit late. Make it a sob story, make it to do with ceethildren, motherhood, some incident which prevented your prompt return e.g, helping someone in the street who'd had an accident etc. etc. You say say things like: I was wondering if.... you might consider/ could see you way to/ you could possibily.
I use your car parks frequently and always manage to arrive on time
However, I quite understand if you can't.....
I'm sure you can appreciate that this is a very frustrating thing for me.....
These might work, it depends very much who reads your letter and what mood they're in at the time.
TheArmadillo · 09/02/2007 14:42
Hate NCP car parks.
Expensive. Spaces excrutiatingly small and with not enough room to manoevre out (in ours) if you have even an average family car. Not disabled user friendly. Poorly lit and poor security. Digusting stairwells etc - not normal disgusting carpark standards but unbelievably bad.
I really hate them and I've never come into contact with one of their staff.
DrDaddy · 09/02/2007 15:19
Hate them as a rule, but the other day couldn't pay by card at the machine as the "server was down". Attendant by machine asked why I couldn't pay by cash. I said because I don't bloody want to pay cash, I want to put it on my Amex card. Ok fine, says he, you can park by the office on the way out (it's multistory) and pay there. But, the server was "down" there too (obviously). So they gave me a free ticket to get out. Free day's parking.
So I would write to them. You might be lucky.
Snazzywaitingforsummer · 26/05/2013 23:27
YANBU. Their machines stopped working once and told people payments had gone through when they hadn't. Cue queues of irate drivers at the barriers unable to get through. The staff were unbelievably patronising to us, as if we were all small children who hadn't been able to work the machines properly, and didn't apologise. The sheer number of people proved it was the machines not us, but oh no, we were the stupid ones.
belladonna666 · 27/05/2013 10:36
If the ticket was issued by Private Parking Contractors (not council) then you don't have to pay it. They will start sending you threatening letters but these are all hot air. Go to the website //www.pepipoo.com as they specialise with dealing with both private and public (council) tickets and how to get off paying them. They are really good and have saved me a lot of money in fines over the years!
flatmum · 27/05/2013 10:51
Still stands though, you don't have to pay them, just ignore. I have done this twice, once with NCP and once with meteor.
They are still unenforcable, despite recent law changes that make it a bit less clear.
First time I wrote complaint letters. Second time I ignored. Both time they sent ludicrous threatening letters for about a year then gave up.
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