If a parking ticket was purchased 13 minutes after entering a car park, are they eligible to appeal the parking charge for an "invalid parking session"?

If not, then would difficulties such as the following provide a good defense? Difficulties include difficult navigation of car park and difficulty paying i.e machine only takes coins, need to lengthily search for a legitimate site to pay for including the sign-up.

  • Your question is likely to be closed because "Questions that clearly ask for specific legal advice are off-topic." If you rephrase it more generally it is less likely to be closed.
    – Lag
    Commented Nov 10, 2023 at 14:47
  • @Lag Thanks for the comment, I've took time to rephrase my question and hope it satisfies the site :-) Commented Nov 10, 2023 at 14:58

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For a car park covered by the British Parking Association's Approved Operator Code of Practice:

The 'Grace Period' (at least 10 mins) starts at the end of the 'parking period' (when the parking period expires).

A 'Consideration Period' (at least 5 mins) starts when the car enters the car park, giving the driver (A) an opportunity to decide whether to park and (B) a few minutes to park.

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    decide whether to park.... or find a parking spot in the first place.
    – Trish
    Commented Nov 10, 2023 at 15:41
  • Find a parking spot, park, navigate the parking garage on foot to find a ticket machine, buy a ticket and then navigate the parking garage to return to your car. That could very easily take more than 5 minutes especially as one gets older.
    – User65535
    Commented Nov 10, 2023 at 15:52
  • @User65535 or if the parking lot is big and crowded
    – Dale M
    Commented Nov 10, 2023 at 20:48
  • @User65535 for a garage, often you get your ticket of entry right on entry.
    – Trish
    Commented Nov 18, 2023 at 21:01

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