Keeper liability – Amount recoverable
A interesting point regarding keeper liability is the amount recoverable. When parking companies or debt collectors pursue debt, often all sorts of charges are added to the demands, such as ‘legal fees’ or ‘debt recovery fees’. These fees are added to both intimidate and profiteer; they know that some people’s resistance to paying the charge breaks with the pressure of increasing charges.
In the case where keeper liability for the charge is being enforced, the Protection of Freedoms Act has some specific clauses that specify the limits to the amount recoverable.
The maximum sum which may be recovered from the keeper by virtue of the right conferred by this paragraph is the amount specified in the notice to keeper under paragraph 8(2)(c) or (d) or, as the case may be, 9(2)(d) (less any payments towards the unpaid parking charges which are received after the time so specified).
So in other words, the only amount that can be demanded from the keeper is the original amount on the Notice to Keeper – no additional charges can be added to it.