In a recent BBC article, Patrick Troy, the head of the British Parking Association Limited was reported as saying that the appeals service POPLA is free. However The Parking Prankster can reveal that parking companies have started passing the £27 POPLA fee to motorists. The BPA Ltd are well aware of this practice, but have decided not to stop the operators charging and are not intending on taking any action against operators who charge.
ParkingEye have already enforced the £27 charge against several motorists and are taking court action to reclaim the £27 in other cases.
In one incident, the refused to cancel a charge against a motorist who fell on Snowdon and injured himself unless he paid the £27 POPLA fee to them.
This casts grave doubts on other statements given by Patrick Troy to the BBC.
"BPA chief executive Patrick Troy says private car parking companies are considerate."Charging an injured motorist is hardly considerate. The Prankster has a whole catalogue of similar incidents he has helped with including other medical emergencies, pensioners, disabled motorists, motorists pursued even though letters never arrived and companies using extremely bulling and aggressive practices.
The British Parking Association Ltd has been informed of deliberate misinformation sent out by parking companies, but has decided not to take action as lying to the public is not a breach of the code of practice. ParkingEye regularly inform motorists they have never lost a court case on the issue that their charge is not a genuine pre-estimate of loss, even though they know this is false and that many such cases have been lost. The BPA Ltd are happy for ParkingEye, one of their biggest operators, to continue telling these untruths and have stated they will not be taking action.
The BPA Ltd obviously has a relaxed attitude to telling the truth; it seems as though this is a problem from the top down. The BPA Ltd are equal opportunity liars, happy to feed misinformation to the public, the BBC and also the government without discrimination. When lobbing the government to introduce the Protection of Freedoms Act Schedule 4, the BPA Ltd fed the government a whole stream of misinformation regarding the burden on the courts. Ironically since the introduction of PoFA 2012 the amount of court action has increased to around the value the BPA Ltd pretended it was before the act.
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