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Nationwide parking fine appeals scheme to be rolled out

  • 09 August 2012
  • By Ashleigh Wight

Operators that incur fines when parking private land will soon be given the right to appeal due to a collaboration between London Councils and the British Parking Association.

The Parking and Private Land Appeals scheme (POPLA) will now cover the whole of England and Wales. It willl allow all motorists, including commercial vehicle operators, to appeal against parking charges incurred on private land.

London Councils already runs a POPLA scheme in the Capital, but has signed a three-year contract BPA to run the scheme nationwide.

The scheme will be launched alongside the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, which will ban the clamping and towing of vehicles from private land from 1 October, only allowing charges to be issued if the vehicle has broken the rules of using the land.

Councillor Catherine West, Chair of London Councils’ Transport and Environment Committee, says:  “There is increasing concern over the activities of some companies which clamp and tow away vehicles on private land. This scheme will provide an independent attribution service for appeals from [all motorists] to be settled in a fair and transparent way.”

Operators can take cases to POPLA when the appeals process by organisation who issued the charge has been completed. POPLA will then act as an independent adjudicator and can drop the fine given by the parking organisation.

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Article source: http://www.commercialmotor.com:80/latest-news/motorists