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03 February 2017

Independent Scrutiny Board closure threatens standards

The BPA has warned government that standards would be under threat should the Independent Scrutiny Board for Appeals Service (ISPA) no longer be viable.  ISPA is funded by members of the BPA’s Approved Operator Scheme to ensure fair and transparent adjudication of parking appeals.

However, the government has failed to act on its own discussion document it published in the spring of 2015 designed to raise standards in the parking sector. Nor has it ensured that the manner in which it allows keeper data to be released to private parking operators is consistent.  In particular, while the BPA has always believed that judicial oversight of its independent appeals service (which provides redress to motorists who feel they have been treated unfairly following receipt of a Parking Charge Notice for parking on private land) is important, the government has not created a level playing field to ensure that such an approach applies across the whole sector.

 Consequently and with much regret the BPA will cease to fund ISPA with effect from 1 April 2017.

 BPA Chief Executive Patrick Troy said: “The BPA is unable to fund ISPA beyond the end of March this year given that there appears to be no requirement for a body such as ISPA to be established in relation to the BPA's status as an Accredited Trade Association.

 “We have been waiting for government to make an announcement about its intentions on private parking reform, but we have seen many false dawns.  Our solution is a single standard setting body and appeals service that would ensure consistency for motorists and uphold standards, which achieved consensus from motorists, operators and landowners alike at a parking summit in May 2016.  We are at the stage now where standards may fall and we renew our call on the government to act.”

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