Today (October 1st) sees clamping or towing away on private land without lawful authority banned in England and Wales. At the same time, POPLA, the new independent appeals service is launched.
View the POPLA website.
POPLA may only consider appeals against a parking charge notice issued on or after the 1 October 2012 by a member of an Accredited Trade Association (ATA). At present, the only ATA in place is the Approved Operator Scheme (AOS) administered by the British Parking Association (BPA).
From today car parking operators who are members of the BPA's Approved Operator Scheme, will be bound by the decision of an independent adjudicator who will review evidence submitted by both the motorist and the operator and determine whether the charge should stand or not. The costs will be met by the paring sector, so appealing will be free.
View a list of BPA Approved Operators
Patrick Troy, Chief Executive of the British Parking Association commented: "The service represents a step-change in our drive to raise standards in our profession."
Transport Minister Norman Baker said: "These new arrangements for parking deliver a fairer legal framework for motorists and landowners and get rid of the scourge of indiscriminate clamping and towing by private companies for good."
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