Some questions are always asked, so this is the best place to get the answers right away
Why do you manage and enforce conditions of parking on private land?
NPM provides a space management service on behalf of our clients. We ensure that parking spaces are always available for genuine users. This is done by providing enforcement of the private land, users must follow the terms and conditions of the parking rules and regulations which are stipulated on the signage displayed within the parking area.
How can we enforce the conditions of parking?
The areas in which we operate is private property, therefore contract law applies. The terms and conditions of parking on the land are clearly displayed on the signage dispalyed within the parking area. By entering or remaining on the land, the motorist freely agree to abide by all of the terms and conditions. Breach of any term or condition will result in the driver being liable for a parking charge of £100.00. Parking charges are to be paid within 28 days.
Terms and conditions apply 24 hours a day, all year round. Where a parking charge becomes due an application may be made to the DVLA for the keeper’s details. Non-payment will result in additional charges which will be added to the value of the charge and for which the driver will be liable on an indemnity basis. Images may be captured and retained for enforcement purposes.
NPM has written authority to Manage and Enforce the conditions of parking by the landowner for all of our locations.
What level of service can you expect from NPM if you are issued with a Parking Charge Notice?
NPM are members of the International Parking Community Limited (IPC). All Parking Charge Notices are issued in accordance with the IPC’s Code of Practice. Additionally, NPM strive to provide great customer service whilst, ensuring you are treated fairly and reasonably. All appeals are dealt with on an individual basis and all circumstances taken into account.
Where can I find details of the terms and conditions of parking?
The terms and conditions of parking on private land are clearly set out on the signage displayed within the parking area.
What if I was not the driver at the time in which the Parking Charge Notice was issued?
If you were not driving the vehicle at the time of the contravention. You can provide us with details of the driver by filling in the Transfer of Liability section on the back of the postal PCN and return this to us. We cannot take this information over the telephone. The registered keeper will be pursued for the PCN amount unless otherwise advised. It is the responsibility of the registered keeper to evidence who the driver is/was at the time that the PCN was issued.
Can I appeal the Parking Charge Notice?
If you would like to contest the Parking Charge Notice you can do so in writing via the address below or appeal using our online appeals form Appeals & Disputes. All correspondence must include the PCN reference number, your vehicle registration, your name, address and the name of the driver (if different) and any supporting evidence. All appeals should be marked for the attention of our Appeals Department. Please allow up to 14 days for your appeal to be processed. Should your appeal be ‘declined’ you have the opportunity to appeal with the IAS within 21 days of your appeal declined response. Your account will be placed ‘On Hold’ until we receive the adjudication result.
Write to: National Parking Management Ltd, 20 Francis Street, Northampton, NN1 2NZ
Online Form: Appeals & Disputes Page
Can I discuss my appeal with you?
Due to legal procedures NPM do not make appeal adjudications over the telephone. Please note NPM only accept one appeal per parking notice as not to enter into protracted correspondence. Once appealed with NPM you can further appeal to the IAS. (See appeals flow chart)
How will I be notified of the outcome of my appeal?
We will notify you of the outcome of your appeal in writing within 14 days of from the date of your appeal. If appealed via NPM online appeals form we will respond via email or by post if appeal is received in letter format.
You will be given the link to appeal with the IAS website www.theias.org if you are unsatisfied with NPM’s decision.
What does the Independant Appeals Service adjudicate on?
It is important that the appellant understands that the adjudicator is not in a position to give legal advice. The adjudicator’s role is to look at whether the parking charge has a basis in law and was properly issued in the circumstances of each particular case. The adjudicator’s decision is not legally binding on the appellant (it is intended to be a guide) and the appellant is free to obtain independent legal advice if they so wish. The guidance to this appeal makes it clear that we are bound by the law of contract and can only consider legal challenges not mistakes or extenuating circumstances. In this appeal procedure the onus is on the appellant to prove their case on the balance of probabilities.
Will the value of the Parking Charge Notice increase if I lose my appeal through the Independent Appeals Service?
If you wish to appeal to the IAS and if your appeal is upheld, we will cancel the PCN. Should your appeal be dismissed the full amount of £100.00 will be payable.
If you appeal with the IAS and then subsequently pay the charge prior to the appeal being determined, the appeal will be cancelled with the IAS and you will not be given a further opportunity to contest the charge.
How long do I have to pay a Parking Charge Notice?
A discounted charge of £60.00 applies if the Parking Charge Notice is paid within 14 days of issue. If you choose not to pay at this amount, the full value of £100.00 will be due within 28 days.
What happens if I ignore the Parking Charge Notice?
If you fail to pay the PCN within 28 days from the date of issue this will result in your case being transferred to our collections department, where additional administrative amounts will be added. The collection procedure will be processed in line with the Administration of Justice Act 1970.
How do I pay a Parking Charge Notice?
You can pay the PCN online or through our 24 hour NPM payment website or alternatively by completing the payment slip on the parking charge notice and sending a cheque or postal order. All payments must be made (cleared funds) within the 14 days to ensure the 40% discount and sent to the address below. Should you require a payment receipt complete the attachment at the back of the PCN and post to us along with your payment.
Please call our payment line during office hours on (01604) 588342. It is important to quote your PCN reference number when making any payment.
I am a Blue Badge holder, am I exempt from the terms and conditions?
When parking on private land, Blue Badge concessions will not apply. Blue Badge holders are not exempt on any private land overseen by NPM. You should always check the terms and conditions of the parking terms and conditions which are set out on all signage within parking areas. Further information is provided on the FAQ in The Blue Badge scheme booklet
Are there any regulations governing the way in which we operate?
We are a member of the International Parking Community and we strictly adhere to the Code of Practice for Parking Enforcement on Private Land.
How do you get hold of my personal details?
Regulation 27 of the Road Vehicles (Registration and Licensing) Regulations 2002 requires the DVLA to release information from its vehicle register to anybody who demonstrates ‘reasonable cause’ to have information made available to them. Unauthorised parking on private land is designated as ‘reasonable cause’.
The DVLA’s vehicle database records details of the registered keeper of a vehicle, although it is acknowledge that the registered keeper may not be the driver of the vehicle at any particular point in time. Vehicle keeper details may be disclosed to law enforcement authorities or private litigants as a first point of contact to establish where liability for an incident or event may lie. Refusal to disclose these details would mean that motorists could drive or park a vehicle without fear of being held responsible for their actions. Disclosure in these circumstances does not breach the General Data Protection Regulations and the Information Commissioner’s Office is fully aware that data held on the DVLA’s records is released in this way.
What is our data protection policy?
Personal data will initially be sought and will be obtained by NPM when a vehicle parking on private land breaches the terms and conditions stipulated for each indvidual parking area. Rules and regulations for each area will be specified on all signage. The data will be retained for enforcement purposes. Where a PCN becomes due, an application may be made to DVLA for the vehicle keeper details to allow notices to be sent through the post. Images may be captured and retained for enforcement purposes.
The personal data collected and released by the DVLA is only retained for its intended use, which is for the enforcement of the parking charge notice. You can view our full Privacy Notice on Personal Data by following this link (link is under construction and will be available soon)
The Name of our Data Protection Officer is P. Stevens
Appeals WILL NOT be considered for the following reasons
1. Your permit had fallen down or blown off from the dashboard or was on the seat
2. Your parking permit was not displayed clearly, or not clearly face-up on the dashboard of your vehicle
3. Your valid parking permit was not displayed
4. You were unaware that it is a valid permit display area
5. You were only a few minutes or was gone for a short while
6. You only stopped for a few minutes to see family/friends
7. You have only just purchased the car and have not had time to get a valid parking permit
8. You could not find anywhere else to park
9. You thought you were correctly parked, but made a mistake
10. Overstaying in a visitor bay
11. Parking with a valid parking permit but in an incorrect bay
12. Parking outside of the bay boundary lines