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Bristol man accused of 'holding e-bikes to ransom' after Tier mistakenly designated his firm's car park an official hire zone

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Rebecca Morley

Rebecca has been in cycling journalism since 2018. She started out at trade title BikeBiz and still contributes features to its monthly magazine, and was also named one of Cycling UK's 100 Women in Cycling 2019.


1 month 2 weeks ago

Storaqe guy is required to mitigate costs for the owner - he's an attention-seeking tit who is on a hiding to nothing.

1 month 3 weeks ago

Or.. he could have shifted the bikes off his laaaand on the day they arrived, there's only 5 of them, and avoided all this hassle. Of course he's holding them to ransom.

1 month 3 weeks ago

The penalty for tresspass would be getting taken to court for costs incurred. Refusing to allow the bikes to be collected could be theft, hence police involvement given probable high cost of bikes...


Legally the man is an involuntary bailee. As he doesn't have a contract with them he has to allow Tier to collect the bikes; He could sue for storage costs, but can't hold the bikes as collateral - they could eventually be sold if tier didn't try to collect but the laws on this are complex (and failure to follow them correctly = theft) and the value would still go back to tier...


I expect that the man can only sue for costs until the point Tier tried to collect and Teir could counterclaim for lost income while the bikes were held beyond that point. I suspect from the full article that the period before they tried to collect is days, not months...


Also the point of 'I could get sued if someone trips over them' is comparable to someone tripping over a parked car - People can sue you for anything, but to actually win the case they have to prove you were negligent; Simply having bicycles standing in a car park won't negligent, any more than having cars parked in it would be...

1 month 3 weeks ago

They basically fly tipped on his property. It's a civil matter and the police can do one surely

1 month 3 weeks ago

So he says that he contacted them, told them they'd mistake, and they said that someone would come and collect them.  Which they failed to do, despite repeated contact.  If he had just left them alone I wonder what would have happened?  If it was on private land then the 'general public' (you know, Tier's customers) couldn't just go there to rent a scooter because they had no right of access.

1 month 3 weeks ago

Simlar tohow builders and their scaffolders just plonk scaffolding on other people's land without permission and hope to get away with it.  It is trespass and you either get permission e.g. a scaffolding licence or face the consequences of the trespass under civil law.