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BPA: Everyone should be able to appeal against unfair parking enforcement

08 August 2014

The British Parking Association says it wants to ensure parking enforcement is undertaken fairly, reasonably and responsibly. It says rogue ticketing on private land causes distress to motorists and small businesses alike and should be properly regulated.

That's why in 2012 with the agreement of government, the BPA says it founded POPLA (Parking on Private Land Appeals). Entirely free to motorists, as well is being judicially independent, POPLA now has an Independent Scrutiny Board guaranteeing absolute independence.

Kelvin Reynolds, BPA Director of Policy and Public Affairs said “POPLA decisions are binding on Approved Operators and the majority of the cases referred to in the media recently could have been addressed by POPLA if the motorists had chosen to do that. The whole point of POPLA is to provide motorists with a means of independent redress where there has been any unfair parking enforcement on private land.

"The lead adjudicator demonstrated how effective POPLA can be in his second annual report, published last month. If motorists believe that parking enforcement is unfair then they should follow the correct channels by appealing to POPLA and not the press”.

The BPA continues to lobby for POPLA’s adoption in Scotland and Northern Ireland and throughout the UK to make it available to all motorists, including those who park at railway stations, airports and other places where POPLA may not currently be available.

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