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Frequently Asked Questions

Are Parking Charges legal on Private Property?

Yes. Parking on private land without the owners permission constitutes trespass which is a Civil offence. Owners of land may levy a parking charge which has been notified by BWG Ltd signs to motorists who are authorised by the Land Owner to enforce the parking restrictions. By parking on land that BWG Ltd patrol you have entered into a contract as indicated by our signage which is legally binding. Motorists do however have a legal right of appeal details of which appear on the parking charge notice.

How Do I Appeal ?

You have the option to appeal against the charge that you have received however the following guidance is issued should you wish to pursue this course. The final decision on revoking any charge notice rests with our appeals department who liaise closely with the owners of the private car parking facilities.

A parking charge notice will be issued by BWG Ltd enforcement officers if a vehicle is parked in contravention of the advertised conditions on property BWG Ltd have been contracted to patrol and enforce. Our signage and Parking Notices have been ratified and meets the requirements of the British Parking Associations codes of conduct.

If you feel that you have substantial grounds for an appeal you must do so within 28 days of Parking Notice issue noting the conditions below:

All appeals must be made in writing to this address: Business Watch Guarding Ltd Centurion House 18b Tweedale North Bridgnorth Road Madeley Telford Shropshire TF7 4JR

Alternatively you can email us on the following address security@business-watch.co.uk or by filling in the send us an email link on the contact page of our web site

You must clearly state your reason for an appeal including any other information or evidence that you feel will be relevant in the appeal process. This must be done within 28 days of the enforcement action or the appeal cannot be heard, or within 7 days if you wish any discounted payment period to be honored. Upon receipt our Appeals Department will respond in writing or by email within 35 days with a decision.

The amount outstanding will not increase whilst we consider your Appeal. If your appeal was received within the 7 day discount payment period, the opportunity to pay the reduced charge will be extended after a decision has been made.

What Appeal Information is required ?

Should you wish to pursue an appeal, please ensure your appeal contains the following information or we will be unable to process it:

Your Parking Charge Notice number (at top of ticket)
Your name and address including your postcode
Your vehicle registration number and make model and colour.
The date of the Parking Charge Notice
Copies of any evidence you have to support your appeal
Your contact telephone number & email address if relevant
What circumstances can I not appeal against ?

Appeals will NOT be considered for the following reasons:

Your ticket fell down or was blown off the dashboard.
Your ticket was on the seat of your vehicle.
Your ticket was not displayed clearly, face up, on the dashboard or windscreen your vehicle
Your ticket was left in an insecure vehicle i.e. convertible
You forgot to display your ticket
You went to get some change
You only stopped for a few minutes
You did not know it was a Pay & Display car park
You were only a few minutes overdue
You thought it was a Local Authority Car Park
You are a tradesman attending an emergency call

Appeals

BWG Ltd aim to provide an impartial and fair appeals process carried out by our appeals team in conjunction with car park owners. We use time and date stamped photographic evidence, written reports from our enforcement officers and your documented correspondence together with submitted supporting evidence when dealing with any dispute.

Once an appeal is received we will contact you within 35 days. Should you wish to contact us about an appeal, you are advised not to do so until 28 days have passed unless you are providing additional supportive documentation.

If we reject your appeal we will provide you with the contact details for parking on private land appeals (POPLA), the independent appeals service. Please note you cannot make representations to POPLA unless you have appealed to us first.

Will I receive a refund if my appeal is successful ?

In the event of an appeal being registered all charges will be suspended until such time as the appeal has been held and the result at appeal notified to you in writing.

If a payment is received and a subsequent appeal is lodged refunds of any such payments received will only be provided if an appeal is successful and all appeals are at the discretion of the Appeals Department management.