However, since October 2012 they have also been alleging that keeper liability applied at that site. This is of course untrue. The Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, schedule 4 describes that keeper liability only applies on relevant land, and that land where byelaws cover parking is not covered by the Act.
The Government guidelines (page 10) make this clear;
The provisions in Schedule 4 are intended to apply only on private land in England and Wales. Public highways are excluded as well as any parking places on public land which are either provided or controlled by a local authority (or other government body). Any land which already has statutory controls in relation to the parking of vehicles (such as byelaws applying to airports, ports and some railway station car parks) is also excludedSouthampton Town Quay is a port and has byelaws which cover parking, and therefore keeper liability does not apply - only the driver is liable to parking charges.
Despite this, and despite being warned several times by members of the public, ParkingEye continued to issues tickets stating keeper liability applies.
Amazingly the DVLA only became aware of this on the 5th August 2014 as this FoI request shows.
This was one day before The Prankster blogged about the situation.
The FoI request also shows that other information was requested, but is withheld by the DVLA in case anybody has broken the law.
The documentation you requested is held. However, DVLA considers it exempt from disclosure under section 31(1)(g) of the FOIA and in particular section 31(2)(a). DVLA believes that disclosure of the information requested would be likely to prejudice DVLA’s ability to exercise its function for the purpose of ascertaining whether any person has failed to comply with the law.The Prankster therefore wonders who the DVLA beleive might have broken the law. The obvious suspect is ParkingEye. By claiming that they can sue the registered keeper under PoFA when they can't there may be a tort of deceit going on.
Once the DVLA have finished looking at ParkingEye, they may also want to check out VCS and APCOA for claiming keeper liability at various airports, and AS Parking for claiming keeper liability on a council car park in Cornwall.
The Parking Prankster