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Parking help comes from the prankster

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: February 19, 2014

  • BRAKING BAD: The Parking Prankster.

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A SAVVY blogger is helping motorists put the brakes on a car parking firm accused of unfairly penalising drivers.

Going by the name of the Parking Prankster, the revved-up rebel is taking on Parking Eye, a company which manages the Fistral beach and Watergate Bay beach car parks in Newquay.

He claims parking charges dished out by the firm have no basis in law as it is not made clear that drivers are entering into a contract when they stay at the pay and display car parks.

"Many people are fooled into thinking these charges are legitimate, like council parking charges," he said.

"In fact the law is clear that if you fail to pay then you can only be charged an amount which puts the car park owner back in the position they were in before. A profit cannot be made, so charges of £100 or more are outrageous."

Despite having no formal legal training, the Parking Prankster has successfully helped bring victory to a number of road users across the country who have taken Parking Eye to court.

In some of the cases the judges ruled that charges were invalid as signage at the car parks was inadequate.

The company was also told that without a relevant contract it could not issue parking charges on private property it did not own.

"There have been many, many complaints about Fistral Beach. Its signage is not compliant and creates entrapment zones, especially for holidaymakers using the car park coming to view the surf in the evening," said the Parking Prankster.

"It is a huge revenue earner for the car park company, and yet they do nothing to improve the signage to prevent problems.

"By helping to get refunds for this car park I hope to encourage the landowner to improve signage and to set the charges to a reasonable level," he added.

Newquay Town Council said it received up to 20 complaints a week about the company during the summer.

Town Clerk Andy Curtis said: "We get a hell of a lot of complaints about them."

A spokesperson for Parking Eye said the company was unable to investigate unspecific claims.

"Parking Eye is fully compliant with British Parking Association requirements, and there are 24 large, straightforward signs in the Fistral beach car park spelling out the charges," she said.

The Parking Prankster has written a guide to fighting Parking Eye in court, which is Amazon's best-selling publication in the administrative law category for Kindle.

To find out more about the free help on offer, visit: http://parking-prankster.blogspot.co.uk/

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  • CLSurveys  |  February 19 2014, 7:14PM

    Parking Eye are not compliant with anything, every appeal to Popla (independent appeals) that mention a genuine pre estimate of loss means that parking eye loses its case as they cannot prove that they have made this loss. This is a breach of the BPA Code of Practice, and just shows what a lying bunch of scammers these are. So well done prankster in getting recognition by the press for your hard work, back to mse parking forums for me :)

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  • pauly1  |  February 19 2014, 6:50PM

    where is my comment?

  • pauly1  |  February 19 2014, 6:42PM

    Parking Eye DO NOT comply with the BPA code of practice, The BPA have received numerous complaints about them and they chose to DO NOTHING! The DVLA have received numerous complaints about them and they "chose to DO NOTHING"! Newquay council have received numerous complaints about them and they "chose to DO NOTHING"! Is it a case of they don't want to bite the hand that feeds them??????

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  • wixonuk  |  February 19 2014, 4:37PM

    Don't forget that the British Parking Association Ltd (to give it its full name) isn't any form of regulator or official body. It's just a cosy trade association financed by the parking "industry"

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  • JeremyBadger  |  February 19 2014, 3:55PM

    Parking Eye says they are fully compliant with British Parking Association requirements, however they do not say that they are fully compliant with the current law.

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  • Proper_Job2  |  February 19 2014, 1:22PM

    You might think that all we would be doing by supporting this guy is helping out tourists when the truth is that there have been plenty of locals caught out at Fistral and up at Watergate. This whole business is not about providing any service to anyone bar the so called car park managers and they're not from the county - or anywhere nearby. It really is about time we got rid of this scourge. Go over to Camborne and you have to run the gauntlet there too - and there its £150 not just the £100 as with this lot. It wasn't that long ago that a quiet afternoon at Lamorna or down at Praa Sands was ruined by having a ticket slapped on your windscreen. This really has got to stop and good on this parking prankster.

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