Motorway Services Parking Charges

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  1. Jim

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    I have never paid for kipping in service areas (and never will) :Smile: I Just received a letter from CP Plus Limited asking for £80 for using an M4 service area at around midnight and not leaving until 6am.

    They say if I pay quickly I only have to pay £50:Smile: I may as well have booked into the travel lodge. :BigGrin: I won't be paying, I'll keep you abreast of what further action they take.
     
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    Hi Jim we have stayed a quite a few, and we always pay; because otherwise I wouldn't get any sleep with the susan constantly looking out the windows to see if we were about to get a ticket. :BigGrin:

    First time I have heard of some one being caught though, best of luck.

    Olley
     
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    You tell them it wasnt you driving and for the life of you, you cant remeber who was
    I belive you are not under the same legal requirement to disclose driver with this type of penalty as you are a notice of intended prosecution
    and if they cant enforce the driver info who are they going to take to court:Doh:
     
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    Best of luck Jim.

    We have had tickets for parking on some service areas where they photograph the truck going in and coming out as a matter of course. They hold the company responsible but that can't be the case with a private vehicle.
     
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    You might get off with it but take heed, they DO clamp HGV's.
     
  7. Jim

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    I know that you should not park there if you don't accept the charges, I am rarely on them for over a couple of hours, I must of overslept that night:Smile: I just can't bring my self to pay £15 to park up in a puddle of diesel and pi$$

    Maybe I will get myself a special set of number plates just for service stations:Wink::BigGrin:
     
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    A set of Yank plates would do the job nicely!:Rofl1:

    Might encourage the clamps though! :Doh::Doh::cry:
     
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    Hi Wallace, thats a good aticle. Jim the very best of luck too you. These places were built on motorways for people to have a kip, something to eat and a wash etc, it stops you killing yourself by driving whilst tired etc. The motorway service areas are not there to make money.

    The problems started when lets say four people would arrive in one car each. Three people would park up for the day and then one person would drive them all to work. Ater a while every body was at it including me but the genuine punter who needed to use the services couldnt get in.

    Any how Best of luck Jim

    Jim
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    Sleep eazzzy?

    Hi folks,
    heading Birkenhead to Dover in a few days time and will have to stop off somewhere en-route for an hour or so.
    Are there particular areas I should not stop at and
    is there somewhere suitable just before the m25 to pull in for a wee snooze?.
    Leaving Birkenhead around 7pm Due to be in Dover for 6am sailing to Dunkirk.
    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Strange Jim how you are encouraged to pull in, then hammered (fleeced) for doing so!
    How do the people who actually make and enforce these rules manage to sleep?
    Regards Weejohn
     
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    Calm down - pay up.

    I have a nice picture of my car from Ken Livingstone, he charged an arm and a leg for it, it hurt but the bottom line was I screwed up and paid up.
     
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    Unfortunately that isn't strictly true.

    As the Highways Agency told me, there is a long-standing policy requirement that MSAs provide free parking for up to two hours for all types of vehicle. The operators have the right to charge for parking beyond that two hour period and to take enforcement action against drivers who do not pay. See Here for more details.

    As far as the private companies which run the MSAs are concerned they are there to make money - like any other company in any business they wouldn't take the job on otherwise.

    Graham
     
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    I'm always calm - no chance:BigGrin:
     
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    hi jim
    as hilldweller says they take photies of your vehicle, and maybe who was driving.
    the fees they want are extortionate.
    local car park in town centre were charging £95 for over 2 hours.
    anyway good luck.
    i normally park on motorway services, sort of puts you off dunnit.:Sad:
     
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    Nope - I usually set an alarm. Not that I've done it much. And I have been know to sleep through alarms which is why I trawled all through Cumbernauld one day and found a nice radio controlled alarm that you could not sleep through, in Argos for a tenner.

    <FX> man retiring hastily with a smug grin.
     
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    Well take another view, you expected a short nap, got six hours sound sleep, that's got to be worth fifty quid.
     
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    Thats £8.33 an Hr
    He don't earn that much when he's awake:Rofl1::Rofl1:
    Just a thought Jim you could claim mittigating circumstances
    You Was GASSED
     
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