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New private parking appeals service was slammed by country’s chief parking adjudicator in a letter to the transport minister in April

From the 1st October 2012 the government has made the registered keeper of a vehicle liable for a private parking ticket. (unless they provide the details of the actual driver).

However they said they would only do this if a new “independent” private parking adjudication service was in place.

The current national parking adjudication service outside London was asked to tender but they refused. The chief parking adjudicator Caroline Shepherd raised concerns to the transport minister, Norman Baker, that the proposed service would not be independent but she confirmed that she was committed to a service that “gives confidence to the motoring public that their appeals and complaints will be determined independently, impartially and fairly”

So the British Parking Association instead gave the contract to P.A.T.A.S which are the current London based parking appeals service for London Councils.

However the new service which will be called P.O.P.L.A (parking on private land appeals)  will not allow personal appeals and motorist’s cases will not be handled by qualified adjudicators rather by “assessors”
Se our very comprehensive section on private parking tickets for assistance on private parking tickets and full details of all the new rules.