Tesco- overnight

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  1. gordoncbrown

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    I'm sure this was discussed before but I'm looking for clarification from someone who knows for sure. I am under the impression that Tesco do not object to you overnighting in their car parks. This is because one of their senior people has a motorhome. I had Tesco customer services on the phone so I thought I would ask the question. The lady was quick to say no HGV's were allowed to park overnight in the car parks. I had to explain we were not an HGV..... She did go away and enquire though and got back to me a after a couple of days. She says that due to time limits on parking it would be at the discretion of each store manager. There is no company wide policy that allows overnight parking for motorhomes....
    We are heading south soon and were intending driving til 10pm ish followed by an early start next day. We have never wildcamped yet so were thinking of finding a Tesco near where we are when the time feels right for stopping..Not sure what to do now. Probably be around the lake district area if all goes well.

    Thanks in advance:Smile:
     
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    just look out for a nice pub around 8-30 ish and ask if you can stay in the carpark if you buy some food, we have never been refused yet, if you leave it too late the kitchen may be closed

    tommy :thumb:
     
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    Most motorway service areas allow for some form of overnight parking, although the prices vary considerably, and there can be a lot of traffic movement overnight. Some sub-contract their parking and require you to pay via your mobile with a debit card.

    Another alternative if you have a SatNav is to download a POI file of lay-bys that permit truckers to park overnight, preferably those set back a bit from the road to avoid buffeting from passing vehicles.

    I've also heard the Tesco story but have never tested it - your chances might be improved by going to a 24 hour branch. Again, a SatNav POI file of Tesco stores would be handy.

    On three occasions we've found the Canterbury Park'n'Ride Aire shut when we've got there and have had to use alternatives - we've used a lay-by on the A2 towards Dover next to Kent Motorcycles, and we've used the Medway Motorway Service Area. On the most recent occasion we parked in the pub car park next to the Park'n'Ride with the manager's permission as long as we bought a meal there.
     
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    spent two weeks in Cornwall many years ago doing just that in a VW camper.....only refused once, but we didn't ask until closing time. :Doh:
     
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    We spent a night in the Tesco car park near Dover. On the first occasion there were 3 RV's and on the second occasion there were just 2 RV's.

    On the morning after the second stay, the security guard came and asked us if we had had permission. We stated we didn't know we had to :)Wink:), and he said that the Store Manager doesn't mind as long as we paid them the courtesy of asking before we do it.

    We apologised and explained too that it was with the intention of shopping for last minute provisions before setting off for the port (which was true).

    Hope this helps
     
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    We are looking at doing that in the future. Just for this trip though we want to get a few miles behind us and don't want to stop til 10ish to make the followind days trip a bit shorter so we can relax and enjoy it.:Smile:
     
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    My local Tesco (Wokingham) has number plate cameras installed, stay over two hours you get 'nicked'

    Most of them are going down that route now.

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    Thanks. On my way to see you to get an awning fitted before heading for the chunnel. See you next Thursday.....
     
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    Tesco parking

    All branches of tesco in Poole limit parking to three hours that said we have parked overnight in tesco Dover with no problems:thumb:
     
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    See the supermarkets page on my web site for the facts about Tesco and other supermarkets.

    Basically none of the big supermarkets allow overnighting officially. To do so could mean they fell foul of the 1960 Act for running an illegal caravan site.
     
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    As already said, the motorway services are your best option. Park in a quiet spot pay the fee and guaranteed no hassle, you can drive as late as you like and stop anywhere you like. If you are driving from north to south then you will undoubtedly be driving on motorways. Why add the hassle of finding an alternative for the sake of fifteen quid. Some of them include breakfast in the price. No washing up no hassle. Enjoy your trip:thumb:
     
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    I use supermarket carparks regularly. I choose the 24hr ones, mostly tescos, arrive late and leave early. Never had a problem:thumb:
     
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    Number plate recognition two hour limit in all 24hr Tesco car parks around here, all run by NCPs or similar. Tesco's are not interested. You will receive a fine if you stay longer.:thumb:
     
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    These "Fines" you refer to are not actually fines they are an invoice requesting payment.

    They do say parking fine at the top but they are not fines as such!

    Ignore any that you receive, you will get other threatening letters promising action by the bailiff's (thats probably the guy sat at the next desk) they will soon get fed up of sending them out if they receive no response from you, after all that costs them money I.E. postage and such.

    Do NOT pay any that are sent to you they are NOT enforceable by any law in this country.

    You do not enter into any contract in writing when you use these carparks that have these camera's in place. They are not ANPR camera's they merely photograph your number plate the companies then apply to the DVLA for the registered keeper of the vehicle.

    If more people were aware of the facts and did not pay these "invoices" these companies would soon be out of business.

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    Eastbourne Tesco likewise, however I have seen motorhomes now and then in the Homebase carpark next to Tesco. Much used by boy racers so I wouldn't fancy it.
     
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    Tesco Gillingham Kent now has 3hr limit,signs only visible on way out high on lampost not in your normal sight line.
    Commuter coach companies do have their pick up points near large store car parks,and the car park is not so full now,this subject was covered a little while ago by Dom Littlewood on TV,if I remember right the signs must not have the words Fine or Penalty on them and must be in a prominent position.

    Do you think Tesco would have a Comany monitoring its car park that was not lawful ?. And yes I have received a Parking Charge at Wick car park and Yes I Did Pay £70:cry:If you feel lucky Do not pay was what I was told.
    Gus
     
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    That is very true Pete but not everyone is as confident as you or I, some are disturbed when they received threats of higher costs and if payment is not received in full within x working days the bailiff will enter your property and take goods to the sum of. We know that the bailiff has to be invited before he can enter your property. Not everyone does.:Sad:
     
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    Having been a HGV driver for many years before I took early retirement I know of a few places to stay en route as it were..PM me your route (ish) from Scotland and I'll PM you details of decent parking places...
     
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    They can't enforce any penalty, simply because they don't know who was driving the vehicle and, unlike Police/LA type parking fines, you are not obliged to tell them. :Cool:
     
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    Contracts do to have to be in writing

    Peter sorry you are wrong.. a contract does not have to be in writing. The very good legal case of Shoe Lane Parking deals with the offer and acceptance rules.. it is based on where the notice is placed. If you park and there is a contractual notice at the entrance then you have entered in to that contract unless it comes within the European Law of 'Unfair Contract Terms Act' i.e small print and being unfair.

    But there is no need to have a written contract to make it legal and enforceable.

    Bob (retied lawyer):Blush:
     
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