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Should I Pay or Appeal Morrisons Parking Fine?

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Have you got a parking fine from Morrisons? You might be concerned and unsure what to do next. But don’t worry; this article is here to help you. Each month, over 32,000 people come to this site, seeking guidance on tickets and fines. Our aim is to answer your questions and make things clearer.

In this article, we’ll cover:

  • The reasons why you might get a Morrisons parking fine.
  • What happens if you don’t pay a Morrisons parking fine.
  • How to appeal a Morrisons parking fine.
  • The best excuse to use when appealing a Morrisons parking fine.
  • How to avoid getting a Morrisons parking fine in the future.

We understand the stress of getting a parking fine. Our team has guided many people in the same boat as you, and we’re here to provide the information and help you need to make the best choice about your parking fine. Let’s tackle this together.

Do you have to pay to use a Morrisons car park?

No. You can park in a Morrisons car park for a limited time without paying! But you can’t park at Morrisons and then do your shopping elsewhere. If you do, it’ll earn you a parking ticket!

In short, you must do your shopping to park for free at Morrisons. But there’s a time limit.

So, how long can you park for free at Morrisons?

Each Morrisons store applies its free parking time limit. Most stores allow shoppers to park for free for anything from 2 to 3 hours. That said, you should always check the time limit when you park and do your shopping at Morrisons because it could be less or more than that.

When you don’t check, a parking ticket could fall through your letterbox and come as an expensive and very annoying surprise!

Why would you get a Morrisons parking fine?

You’d get a Morrisons parking fine if you leave your vehicle in one of the store’s car parks and then do your shopping elsewhere, for example. But you could also be given a fine when you overstay the time allowed to park for free.

Do you have to pay a Morrisons parking fine?

Not before you check whether the fine was correctly issued and that it arrived within 2 weeks of the alleged parking infringement.

Only pay the fine once you’re happy everything’s correct!

Plus, when you pay within 2 weeks of receiving a Morrisons parking fine, you only pay a discounted amount. This could be up to 40% less than the original amount! So it might be worth considering.

Will a Morrisons car park operator take you to court?

An operator could take you to court for an unpaid Morrisons parking fine. First, they’ll chase you for the payment by sending out demands. You’ll find that each payment demand is more threatening than the previous one.

The operator could pass things onto a debt collector which is no fun! But a debt collector doesn’t have legal powers.

Don’t confuse a debt collector with an enforcement officer (bailiff).

They’re not the same.

You’ll be ordered to pay if the operator wins the case in court. You’ll have no choice but to pay the full fine plus any other fees if they apply.

Do you have to pay a Morrisons parking fine?

Good question. It depends on whether the parking fine is correctly issued. Plus, check if the details on the parking charge notice are correct.

Only pay the fine when you know it’s right!

But when you have a valid excuse to challenge a Morrisons fine, lodge an appeal with the relevant operator. Try to file your appeal within 2 weeks just in case the operator rejects it. This way, you should only pay the discounted amount!

Thanks for reading this post on whether you must pay a Morrisons parking fine. I hope the information in the article clears up any questions you have about parking charge notices on private land!

How to avoid paying Morrisons parking tickets

If you want to avoid paying a Morrisons parking ticket then you’ll need an airtight appeal.

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Can I ignore a parking charge notice?

Don’t ignore a parking charge notice although an operator can only charge you the fixed invoice amount. But the bad news is an operator could take you to court for non-payment!

Which company issues Morrisons parking fines?

Morrisons hires several car park management firms authorised to issue fines on the store’s behalf. This includes operators like ParkingEye and Euro Car Park, amongst others.

So, when you get a Morrisons parking fine, you must deal with the operator, not the store. However, you can contact Morrisons to discuss the fact an operator gave you a parking charge notice.

Can an operator enforce a Morrisons parking fine?

No. An operator can’t legally demand you pay a parking fine you get in a Morrisons car park. Only a court can order you to pay the fine, which is, in fact, an invoice.

To clarify, a Morrisons parking fine is a parking charge notice under civil law. These parking tickets are not backed by UK law. The operator must take you to court to get you to pay!

How do Morrisons issue parking fines?

As stated, Morrisons hires private operators to manage their car parks. The operator issues parking tickets when you break the T&Cs of using a car park.

Chances are you never even knew you got the fine because it arrives by post. Although the ticket could be left on your car, it’s not as likely.

Operators use ANPR and CCTV to record a motorist’s vehicle registration when they enter the car park and when they leave it. If the operator is accredited, they can access the registered keeper’s details via the DVLA database.

Hence, the parking ticket comes through the post and lands on your doormat if you’re the registered keeper!

But ANPR and CCTV do get it wrong, and mistakes happen. If so, you could have grounds to get a Morrisons parking fine cancelled!


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