A large number of motorists have received emails from POPLA telling them their assessments have been postponed from the next few days and will be heard late April to May. No reasons have been given for the delay.
The Prankster has made enquiries of POPLA and found that this is to wait for the results of the Beavis judgment.
The Prankster wonders whether it is in the remit of POPLA to delay assessments in this manner, and wonders where it should all end. Should Civil Enforcement cases be suspended until the criminal hearing is over?
Should all cases be suspended, or just ParkingEye ones?
Have ParkingEye put undue influence on POPLA to delay assessments? If so, this is especially cynical given they have denied the existence of the appeal to courts up and down the land for the last year.
The Prankster wonders if ParkingEye have already made up their mind which way the verdict will go. Large number of appeals to ParkingEye which would normally have been accepted have been rejected.
Finally, as ParkingEye have not even submitted any evidence for the cases in question, The Prankster considers it is outside the assessors remit to delay the case. If ParkingEye cannot be bothered to reply on time, then the appeal should be automatically be upheld. POPLA's contract with the BPA requires them to only allow 28 days for evidence to be submitted.
The Prankster has asked the Lead Adjudicator to comment and it is hoped something will be on the POPLA website later today.
The Parking Prankster