In 2011 the number of parking cases filed in court was 90,000 (*BPA Estimate, bottom of page 9). The BPA informed the government that one on the benefits of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 schedule 4 was that it would cut the number of court cases filed.
This freedom of information request shows that in 2014-15, the number of cases filed by BPA companies was over 34,000, and by IPC companies, over 3,000.
The BPA can therefore be quietly pleased with themselves that they have cut the number of court cases by 2/3rds, saving the taxpayer a whole pile of money.
Some explanation of the figures is needed - a twiddle stands for 1 to 5 cases. The MoJ does not specify the exact number in case this compromises any defendants.
The Prankster is slightly intrigued by the cases filed by the University of Edinburgh Pole Dance Society.
The clear leader is ParkingEye, who filed over 30,000 of the cases. As most motorists are bullied into settling before a hearing, this will have netted them around £1 to £1.5 million from the £50 solicitor fee they charge. As they do not actually incur this cost (claims are generated by computer), this therefore accounts for most of their £1.6 million operating profit, and is their single most profitable item contributing to their profits.
Oh wait...it appears the BPA estimate was wrong! The actual number of cases filed in 2011 was 845
Well, never mind. What's a tiny discrepancy of 89,000 cases between friends?
The 2014-15 total does not include the 700 cases Proserve told a judge they filed, since they are not members of the BPA or IPC.
Oh wait...it appears they only filed 12.
Still, that's 3 more than last time.
The Parking Prankster