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Breaking news – Supreme Court rules that Private Parking Charges are fully enforceable.


04/11/15 - Judgement was made today on Supreme court reference UKSC 2013/0280.  Whereby the highest Court in this country decided that a parking company's parking charge is enforceable on the basis that it protected a legitimate interest (to deter parking overstays) and was not extravagant, exorbitant nor unconscionable.  The parking charge is not an unenforceable penalty and does not breach the Unfair Terms in Consumer Contracts Regulations 1999.


At para 107 of the judgment the Court said that a private parking company has :

“… a legitimate interest in imposing a liability on Mr Beavis in excess of the damages that would have been recoverable at common law.  The Private parking company had an interest in inducing him to observe the two-hour time limit in order to enable customers of the retail outlets and other members of the public to use the available parking space”.


The Supreme Court full judgement can be found here.