Monday, 18 January 2016

No charges stick against Civil Enforcement Limited - evidence was not allowed

Last week the case against Civil Enforcement Limited was heard over two days in Aberdeen.

In a clever move by the defence, most of the evidence was ruled as inadmissable meaning the meat of the case could not be heard, and inevitably therefore none of the charges were proved.

 In a nutshell, the Sheriff accepted Counsel submissions for no case to answer on the following points:

  • No evidence led on locus of each offence
  • No evidence led on the content of the PCNs
  • In relation to charge of persistent and unwanted solicitations by letter, 3 letters was held to be not persistent. A 4th letter was ruled inadmissible as there was noone from Rossendales to answer for it

As the fraud charge was an all-encompassing charge, because each charge under the Regulations fell, it too fell

After the case, Trading Standards said:

‘We are very disappointed with the outcome of the case.
Trading Standards received a large volume of complaints about private car parks. Many consumers were unaware they had parked on ground which had parking restrictions and several were then given false information as to their legal liability to pay the parking charge. We worked closely with the Procurator Fiscal to secure a conviction and it is disappointing for the case to fail on a technicality.’ 

Prankster Note

The Civil Enforcement Limited bosses blamed everything on their incompetent employees not following the right procedures and sending out the wrong letters.

If you are a CEL employee and know differently, please contact the prankster at

Happy Parking

The Praking Prankster


  1. "The Civil Enforcement Limited bosses blamed everything on their incompetent employees "

    and the bosses are?

  2. I recall a similar disappointment when Capt. Kirk got Rupert Williams and UKPC off of their scrape with Hull trading standards. These filthy weasels do seem to have a generous coating of Teflon.