It is worth reiterating that there are around 34 million vehicles on Britain’s roads.  This is placing increasingly heavy demands on all parking facilities and the problem is only set to get worse. As more cars are purchased, the argument for well managed roads and parking facilities gets even stronger.

The BPA is extremely proud that it has introduced effective self-regulation given the government’s resolute refusal to provide for proper regulation.

It’s very easy to avoid parking enforcement: don’t park where you shouldn’t and pay when you should, and it's important to remember that the vast majority of motorists never receive a parking ticket. Additionally when things go wrong there is the opportunity for motorists to appeal to an independent adjudicator, POPLA, if the parking operator is a member of the BPA’s Approved Operator Scheme.

Since POPLA’s launch by the BPA on October 1st 2012 over 57,500 appeals have been submitted. There has not been one instance where an operator has refused to accept a POPLA decision.  The 57,500 appeals heard at POPLA equates to around 1% of tickets issued.  This is broadly in line with the proportion of appeals received by both Parking and Traffic Appeals Service (PATAS) and the Traffic Penalty Tribunal (TPT).  Of those appeals, 49% are won by the motorist and 51% by the operator.

The BPA’s Code of Practice for Parking on Private Land was developed in partnership with consumer and motoring organisations, including the RAC Foundation and has a robust audit and Scheme of Sanctions to ensure its members comply, thus ensuring motorists are treated more fairly than ever before.

Patrick Troy, BPA CEO said: “We know that a major concern of motorists is the level of charge made by operators when drivers overstay or park without paying. The genuine pre-estimate of loss argument has been a bone of contention for many years and so we look forward to the Court of Appeal reaching a decision.

“BPA approved operators are working with current law as they understand it and POPLA exists to address instances of perceived unfairness.  POPLA offers motorists a simple, free appeals service for parking tickets issued on private land, something that has already changed the way in which people can seek redress.”