Minister celebrates free independent parking appeals service
More than 4,000 motorists in England and Wales appealed against local charges for parking on private land in the six months to March this year, with 54% of decisions in favour of the driver, according to a report published today.
POPLA has helped nearly 2,000 people successfully appeal parking fines
The figures were welcomed by local transport minister Norman Baker who celebrated the free and independent appeals service, Parking on Private Land Appeals (POPLA), which helped support the motorists cases.
‘For a long time, motorists who felt they had been treated unfairly by parking providers operating on private land could only defend themselves in the courts, POPLA provides motorists with a free service to appeal against these tickets,’ he said.
‘This report shows that motorists are using this new free appeals service in significant numbers and, in more than half of cases, having their appeals upheld. This shows the new system is working for drivers and for the parking industry.’
POPLA was launched in October 2012 and is run by London Councils – the umbrella group representing London’s 33 local authorities - on behalf of the British Parking Association.
The service received 4,051 appeals from 1 October until 31 March. Of the 1,969 appeals decided, 1,058 (54%) were in favour of the motorist.
Parking permits, the wording and location of parking signs and unseen pay-and-display tickets were the most common reasons why motorists appealed.
Director of corporate services at London Councils, Nick Lester, said: ‘in less than six months almost 2,000 people have been helped by this service and at least half of them have avoided a county court hearing because of POPLA.
‘There was previously little regulation of parking on private land but this new appeals scheme provides and independent appeals service for motorists to be settled in a fair and transparent way.’
Anyone seeking to appeal a parking charge on private land must first appeal to the parking operator that issued the fine. If this is rejected they can appeal through POPLA free of charge either online or by post.
The report can be found on the London Councils website here.