Excel gives drivers court warning

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EXCEL Parking is launching a new regime which will ‘significantly increase’ the number of drivers it takes to court, after it suffered a bloody nose in Stockport.

The Sheffield-based company, which had a £10 million turnover last year, has formed a National Legal Consortium to take on people who refuse to pay its hefty invoices for breaching parking rules.

And it claims to have ‘won many cases’. The firm has sent Action Desk the names and court claim numbers of 23 people against whom it says it has won judgements since March last year.

The private parking firm issues £60 ‘fines’ which many motorists believe are disproportionate and legally questionable.

Excel took Martin Cutts to court after he ignored a ticket he received in Stockport.

The judge visited the car park and found the ‘pay and display’ lettering was just 13mm high and sandwiched among other lines of text.

She dismissed the company’s claim and ordered it to pay Martin’s expenses.

Excel didn’t change the sign, but Excel managing director Simon Renshaw-Smith described the court ruling as ‘an embarrassment to the judicial system’.

The British Parking Association said the 13mm wording does not break its rules on clarity and visibility.

They are drawn up by BPA Approved Operator board members, one of whom is Simon Renshaw-Smith, managing director of Excel Parking Services Ltd.