Vehicle Control Services v "MadHatter" 04/07/2017
The full story is on MSE.
In 2014 a person parked apparently outside bay markings at a train station.
The keeper did not consider they were liable, so ignore letters from VCS and Debt Recovery Plus. BW Legal then got involved. MadHatter denied she was liable. BW Legal issued a claim.
MadHatter argued that keeper liability did not apply because bylaws were in play and that the notice to keeper was not compliant.
The judge ruled this was private land and so bylaws were irrelevant, but agreed the notice to keeper was not compliant. As there was no evidence who the driver was, the claim was dismissed. BW Legal tried to argue Elliott v Loake meant the keeper was liable, but the judge was not interested.
MadHatter was awarded £21 in costs.
BW Legal know full well that they had little hope of winning. However they were willing to play judge bingo in the hope of finding a judge not well-versed in parking law or the many decisions of their colleagues. These must now surely be few and far between.
The Parking Prankster