Q-Park manages private car parks. Private property rights and the Danish Contracts Act apply in such areas. In contrast to public car parks, which are regulated by the Danish Road Traffic Act.
Under private property rights, a property owner can set their own rules and regulations for the use of car parks belonging to the property.
A property owner can also engage the services of an agent such as Q-Park to manage the car park. If so, Q-Park will monitor that the parking rules and regulations are observed. This is very similar to the rules and regulations that apply when you board a train or a bus. If you do not have a valid ticket, you may incur a control fee.
The owner lays down the rules and regulations for the car park together with Q-Park. Q-Park erects signs, so that the rules and regulations are visible to everyone who drives into the car park.
In some car parks, parking is reserved for certain people such as residents or employees. You must have a parking permit to park in the car park. In other car parks, parking is only permitted for a certain time. Therefore, you must set your parking disc. In some car parks you have to pay to park, in others parking is simply not permitted.
Whatever rules and regulations apply, the result is the same if you fail to observe them. You will incur a control fee. The control fee covers the administration of the parking scheme, and is issued in accordance with contract law.
The entrance to a private parking area must be clearly signposted to notify motorist that the area is private and rules and regulations apply.
When you choose to pass the signs at the entrance to a private parking area, you accept the signposted rules and regulations and enter into a silent agreement in accordance with the Danish Contracts Act (Aftaleloven).
The rules and regulations including the consequences of breaking them must be clearly signposted in the private parking area. You are responsible for familiarising yourself with the rules and regulations before parking. If you park in breach of the rules and regulations, the parking attendant will issue a control fee notice.
The control fee notice is a strip of material containing payment information, which is placed under the windshield wiper. The strip also states the consequences of failing to pay.
When printing a control fee notice, Q-Park contacts the Central Register of Motor Vehicles, which provides the name and address of the owner/user of the vehicle.
Q-Park has terminal access to the Motor Vehicle Register. This follows from the Danish Act on registration of motor vehicles and associated executive orders. Q-Park is thus entitled to search in the Motor Vehicle Register to find the name and address of the registered primary owners and users of a motorised vehicle.