Author Topic: I live in France but have parking fine from APCOA for parking hire car in train station  (Read 80 times)

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CanoWater

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I parked my hire car when on holiday in Britain few month ago in a car park at a train station. I was only there about 5 minutes while I drop off my friend to catch the train. Now I have receive a parking charge notice to the hirer. As I am in France, how I deal with this? Can I ignore it because I not live in Britain?

Thank you for your assistance.

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DWMB2

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Can you show us the notice you've received?

Realistically, if you've no financial ties to Britain then APCOA have little prospect of recovering any money from you.

We do sometimes see issues with hire companies paying these charges however and then charging their customers, sometimes automatically using their card details, at which point you'd need to dispute this with your card provider (there are mechanisms through which to do this in the UK, I'm not sure if there are any equivalent systems in France).

With this in mind we can probably draft up a quick appeal for you that will get the charge cancelled and hopefully avoid your hire company becoming a pain!

If the hire company don't have your card details, you can probably just ignore it.
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CanoWater

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I do not think that the hire company paid the fine. They have only charged me a 25 administration and they sent me a copy of the parking charge they received. I later received a similar fine notice addressed to me here in France.

I have now cancelled my card so they will not be able to get more money from me. I do not have any money ties to Britain which is why I was unsure about the fine to me in France.

Thank you.

slapdash

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Whose name and address was on the notice ?

Crossed with your previous.

CanoWater

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It is my name and France address in the fine that they send me. The hire company send me only their copy of the fine before they name me.

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Have you read the hire agreement to see what it says about parking etc?

Such as referring to Penalty Notices, Speeding, Council Penalties.

Some do not refer to private Parking Notices which are different.

CanoWater

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I have read the agreement but I do not see anything about a private parking charge. I have cancelled my card that I used for the payment. I am not sure if I can get the administration fee returned to me. I will make inquiry into it.