There has been a 12-fold increase in parking ticket appeals in the past year, according to Parking on Private Land Appeals (POPLA).
The Parking on Private Land Appeals (Popla) service was established in October 2012 to consider appeals from motorists relating to charges for parking on private land, such as supermarkets or hospitals.
In the twelve months ending 31 March this year 25,214 valid appeals were registered and 23,500 appeals were decided. Of these, 10,661 (45.37%) were allowed and 12,839 (54.63%) were refused.
Lead adjudicator, Henry Michael Greenslade, said: “Popla is working well and is valued by the public. Since my last report the number of cases being decided has grown substantially and we are now receiving up to 600 appeals each week. However, the number of matters coming to appeal is very small in comparison to a figure of well over two million requests to the DVLA from private parking operators for vehicle and owner details.”
The appeals service is independent of parking operators and the British Parking Association. It is operated by London Councils, which also runs Patas, the appeals service dealing with on-street parking appeals in London.
When an appeal is received it is copied to the relevant parking company for them to submit their own case, including evidence. Before any case can be determined by an assessor it must have been considered and then rejected by the company that issued the parking charge notice.
The news follows ACFO's parking seminar, where it was revealed six out of ten fleets don't appeal parking tickets.