Our client issued a notice on their private property to a vehicle, the driver of which had failed to display a pay and display ticket in their car when parking on our client’s premises.
No response was received from the debtor, so we were instructed. Letters before action were sent to the registered keeper but no reply was received. As no response was received Court proceedings were issued against the keeper. A defence was filed but it failed to detail any specifics and the actual defence wasn’t known until the point the defendant filed the documents they intended to rely upon at the final hearing. At this stage it was stated that the keeper and defendant was not the driver or passenger and therefore they could not have entered into a contract with the claimant.
The Judge awarded Judgment for the claimant and criticised the defendant for failing to reply and co-operate throughout proceedings. The defendant was held liable as the registered keeper.