/ CP Plus Fine
You replied! You've fed the trolls.
Have a look on moneysavingexpert.com and similar sites, loads of threads and advice, mostly ignore they go away; used succesfully by me once.
However the law has possibly changed slightly recently, with the banning of clamping so not sure where you stand.
Personally I would ignore!
Just for your information, most service areas only permit two hours of free parking. Maybe next time, the way forward would be to come off at a junction and find a layby.
I've noticed on motorways that there are little raised ramps at intervals which can be approached from the hard shoulder. As they are above the traffic you won't be parking on the hard shoulder (illegal) and you are unlikely to be hit by an out of control vehicle.
I wonder if you are allowed to park and sleep on these? :)
I think the law has changed regarding the 'prove I was driving defense', they have always been able to claim for the cost of parking plus reasonable costs of recovery, the question of time limited free parking is not fully resolved as far as I am aware. If the charge after the free period is disproportionate, it may still be construed as a penalty, which cannot be enforced. You then get in to a complex argument about liquidated damages, which is unlikely, because they would also have to prove that you were stopping other people using the service station, ie. All the parking spaces were full.
I am not a lawyer.
The law has changed, but the land owner still has no right to impose a fine. The advice still seems to be to ignore the letters threatening court action, they're still bluffing.
To the OP:
Have a rummage through the forums at moneysavingexpert.com eg: http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=4309795
If you search for the name of the company that have sent you an invoice (its *not* a fine) there's a good chance you'll find something fairly helpful.
I think these are for coppers to watch the traffic from. At least that is what my extensive research of Road Wars has taught me.
I can't believe you took that bait!
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