just wondering if anyone has had any dealings with these people before? The reason I am asking is a friend of mine recently received a parking fine from them(not an initial one) the letter stated that "as you have not responded to our previous demand" etc etc etc It turns out that there is a service area just off Junction 39 of the M1 motorway this has been built up over the last 18 months to 2 years,also in that same area are various car dealerships, two pubs and a hotel and various office blocks. Fairly recently I noticed that there were a number of cameras installed around the area and that signs had been erected and double yellow lines painted in the whole area. Basically the signs say that you can not stop on any road in the area or you will receive an automatic fine of £100. My friend went to the service area in early August to meet a friend he had not seen in years. This was a Sunday evening. They went to the KFC for a snack and to Starbucks for coffee, they were there just short of 3 hours. On Friday of last week which is around 3.1/2 weeks since they met he received a parking fine stating he had stayed over the limit(which they said was 2 hours) they showed 2 photographs of his car entering and leaving with a time of 2 hours and 43 minutes, which meant he was 43 minutes over the limit. He said that at the time he had seen no signs and was not aware of the time limit as he had been there on a number of occasions staying over the time. He is not sure but thinks the signs in the services may have been put up after his meeting. He is very particular and picks up most things, I went down there to blow my tyres up the other day and the place is plastered with signs ( I don't think he would have missed them) they are even in the pressure wash bays. They even offered him a discount of £40 if he paid the fine within 24hours of getting the letter( he got it around 5 on Friday) when he got in from work, checking the opening times he discovered they were closed and didn't open on Saturdays??? ( how could he pay the fine then?) The thing that seems wrong is that he has read a number of things on the internet about parking eye and they seem to take bully boy tactics to extract money from unsuspecting motorists. Their website says they can consider an appeal one reason would be that during your stay there would have had to be a loss to the businesses that the cameras where covering?? He filled up with fuel, washed his car, then met his friend and spent money in KFC and Starbucks, so surely the businesses are not loosing anything by his overstay. It looks to me like Parking Eye have just fitted this system and are now trying to reap the rewards by penalising innocent drivers. I could understand if they were targeting the Sunday night Retail park boys but this seems not. I told my daughter cause she uses the place and she said the signs haven't been up that long. Does anyone know if there is a time limit for the issuing of parking fines as his letter stated that the incident happened on Sunday 9thAugust and that the original notice which he never received was sent on the 22nd August(13 days) his second notice came by normal post on Friday 4th September(26 days from the date of the offence). I think this is well over the time allowed for issuing of fines. I think he is just going to wait and see what comes of it, he was saying that if they contact him he is going to ask how the notices were posted and if they say normal post he is going to say he has never got them as the postal service is not the best where he lives... I think it's the same everywhere. Anyway guys just a word of warning beware Parking Eye I had never heard of them till now and they are not even a local company. Looks to me like the wheel clampers of old have moved on technically to using cameras. Oh and by the way his friend rang him on Monday to ask if he had got a parking fine because he had received one?? Any thoughts on this would be appreciated.