Been sent a debt collectors letter from a parking fine

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Few months ago my brother borrowed my car and he admitted he received a parking fine. However, the car park where he parked was a private car park with allocated parking slots. He parked in his friends slot and told the ticket issuers this but they say the ticket still stands. He refused to pay for the charge as he says he received permission from the owner of the slot

He said any letters addressed to me on my name regarding the fine I should forward to him - fair do's. (I get the letters and invoices for charges since I'm the owner of the vehicle).

Now, I've received a letter from a "Roxburghe Debt Collectors" threatening legal action from "Graham White Solicitors" if payment isn't made within 7 days.

My brother is out of the country for at least two weeks so I can't forward the debt letter. (I've e-mailed him, his telephone num doesn't work where he is, so I'm trying to call his friend who lives in the country.)

Advice? Shall I ignore the letter? Shall I send a reply stating I'm legally not the one that should be invoiced?

Thanks :)

P.S - Please no posts slating my brother.
 
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The issue is with the driver of the vehicle not the registered keeper. You are under no obligation to tell them who the driver was.
 
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From what i understand If the parking fine is from a council it will have to be paid. If it's private then you can easily get away with it. If I were you I would get on google and do some research.
 
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These two companies are fabulous. They will even find out your phone number and ring you at home asking when you are going to pay, not if or even "were you the driver"

Bin the letters, enter into no correspondence with the clowns.

End of.
 
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[TW]Fox;14942286 said:
The issue is with the driver of the vehicle not the registered keeper. You are under no obligation to tell them who the driver was.

This

they bank on people getting scared and paying up.

Just bin it. They will keep sending threatenning letters, but they are powerless to force you to pay.

They have issued a "Civil Penalty Notice" which you can not get a CCJ for !

Google the above term and tons of results will come up. Its a very popular scam by car parking companies now.
 
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If they continue to send threatening letters and or call you, you can actually get them done for harassment. Only council run car parks have a legally enforcable fine, private ones can take a running jump.
 
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They have issued a "Civil Penalty Notice" which you can not get a CCJ for !

Not strictly true, they could sue you and you could get a CCJ if they win or you fail to enter a defence.

They would need to argue that on the balance of probability they had a contract with the driver.

However, in practice it is generally safe to bin it as it's not worth their time chasing you for it.
 
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I've had an ongoing 'dispute' since April with these clowns, my advice is, ignore them, or hit them with a strongly worded letter, but whatever you do, do, make sure you don't make yourself an easy target, and do not under any circumstances 'appeal' anything with them, that will only signal your acceptance of their authority (so to speak) just dispute it, personally I dispute their right to even issue a ticket, there is a whole area of murky contract law around all this anyway, you can read about it with a simple google search.

I guess the original company behind the ticket is Central Ticketing? ...usually is when these morons are involved. I have nothing but utter contempt for them, I'd sooner dig my own grave with my teeth than give them a single penny of my money. Currently they are trying to get £181 off me. When Hell freezes over I say.
 
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Not strictly true, they could sue you and you could get a CCJ if they win or you fail to enter a defence.
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The above equals "never been successful against anyone who bothered to defend their case"

They would need to argue that on the balance of probability they had a contract with the driver.

They would first need to argue that you are the driver. If they didn't have any evidence of that then everything else is moot.
 
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I have a wonderful approach for avoiding all these hassles, I only park where I have permission to do so.

That way you avoid the letters, the concern about whether to ignore them, reply to them, whatever, and it is much easier for everyone involved.
 
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I have a wonderful approach for avoiding all these hassles, I only park where I have permission to do so.

Sometimes its less than clear.

That way you avoid the letters, the concern about whether to ignore them, reply to them, whatever, and it is much easier for everyone involved.

Ignoring letters from private parking firms is not particularly difficult.
 
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I have a wonderful approach for avoiding all these hassles, I only park where I have permission to do so.

That way you avoid the letters, the concern about whether to ignore them, reply to them, whatever, and it is much easier for everyone involved.

Well... in this case it wasn't even him so doesn't apply.
 
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