Parking Charge Tickets In Wrexham

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    Rob
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    https://www.wrexham.com/news/wrexhams-private-parking-ticket-furor-8427.html

    We have been contacted by several people who have been issued with what appears to be parking tickets in ASDA – with demands for £60 attached – however on further investigation they do not seem to be official parking tickets!

    We delighted to say our investigation helped trigger a u-turn!

    Today we spoke to several stakeholders, the national ASDA press office, the local store, Wrexham Trading Standards and the British Parking Association. We are please to say that Wrexham ASDA is telling customers that ALL tickets will be cancelled and the time period extended to three hours.

    Have you had a ‘parking ticket’ in or around town?

    If so where, who from and for how much – and what happened?

    #56337

    justjojo2011
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    I say 2 hours is plenty of time to do your shopping. I go to do just that, shopping. Extending to 3 hours just gives those who abuse the car park extra time. By which I’m refering to those who park in Asda (and Tesco) and go off into town for the day.

    People who are doing their shopping are constantly greeted by full car parks because of those who don’t want to park in town or don’t want to pay for parking, not to mention disabled customers who can’t park because of the lazy and the “cashpoint cripples” who park in disabled spaces to go to the cash machines.

    I have no sympathy for anyone who has had a ticket for parking in Asda if they’ve gone to town

    #56317

    Chris
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    Well done Rob.

    Justjojo If I decide to go shopping I prefer to park once. I park closest to where I will do the majority of my shopping. In these days of environmental awareness are you advocating driving from car park to car park. Also if you read Rob’s research you will be aware that there are people who are not as fortunate as yourself and do take longer than the two hours permitted.

    Wal mart and others need to understand they are not bigger than their customers.

    #56338

    justjojo2011
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    See this is the difference then Chris, because I don’t use a car and pump all that polution into the area… I use the bus, get off the bus and get back on the bus. The supermarket car parks are there for people to use the supermarkets. That’s why they’re free.

    Perhaps you could use public transport to visit town or do like they did only 30 or 40 years ago.. walk (and yes i know that’s not an option for everyone).

    #56310

    Rob
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    Its worth saying that some parking companies do send some quite scary letters out chasing up such ‘parking tickets’ but go away if ignored.

    eg. threatening bailiffs and explaining how credit ratings could be damaged.

    However, they are not parking tickets as people believe, just invoices for a contract that does not seem to exist.

    Personally I have no problem with people enforcing car parking rules on private land. I do think its wrong to dress things up as legal parking tickets to essentially scare people into paying them which does seem to be common practise in some car parks in Wrexham.

    In terms of the article it seems the car parking co at ASDA has responded very quickly to their clients concerns.

    #56318

    Chris
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    Think you have solved the issue, lets all go back 40 years.:rolleyes:

    #56316

    wrexview
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    Asda just falling inline with Tesco, they have a 3hour limit too.In these hard trading conditions the supermarkets are keen to attract customers not drive them away to a rival!

    #56355

    Darlofan
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    I have had similar from parking outside Dunelm on Central Retail Park.
    I popped over to Wilko’s bought some weedkiller and went straight back to Dunelm. When I got back to car i had a ticket saying i was seen leaving the site. After reading forums about this sort of ticket I have ignored it. I am now on my 4th letter and the fine has risen from £50 to £150.
    Not very encouraging in my view to bring people into town, especially on the Central retail Park which is now half empty of shops and the car park is never anywhere near full.

    #56356

    Darlofan
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    @wrexview 1168 wrote:

    Asda just falling inline with Tesco, they have a 3hour limit too.In these hard trading conditions the supermarkets are keen to attract customers not drive them away to a rival!

    I used to do contract work in Tesco and my 1st few visits there I didn’t realise I had to book my car in on arrival. In fairness they obviously did their homework via my address and clubcard as the letter said I’d overstayed the limit on 2 occasions but as I was a regular customer the matter would be forgotten about but I had to remember the limits in future.:)

    #56327

    Born Acorn
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    Best advice:

    Not Council or Police – Do not pay; ignore the letters. It usually goes as far as an “intent to prosecute” letter but no further. Search the internet for laughs; one man even replied with a similar letter saying that by taking photos of his car the parking company had automatically agreed to a contract and he invoiced them for the same amount they had done him!

    Council or Police – Pay! These have statutory powers and can definitely get the money from you!



    On another subject, if supermarkets were so concerned about parking they’d operate their car parks more like NCP’s in which you need a ticket to leave (to activate the barrier). You get a ticket while entering, and you hand your ticket to the cashier at the supermarket while buying things, and that validates the parking. Still free, just more secure; it would cut down on the cheapskates going into town.

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