Category: General

ISPA to cease operating (press release)

…Or not? The Independent Scrutiny for Parking Appeals (ISPA) board announced on 15th September that it would cease operating from 23rd September. Mysteriously that notice has now gone, as has chair of the board, Nicola Mullany, who has resigned according to Parking

Beavis: It’s not a fine (video)

Barry Beavis, of Beavis Vs ParkingEye fame, has recorded this video explaining what private parking charges are and how to deal with them…

ISPA concerned about Wright Hassall’s independence

Last month we wrote about our concern for Wright Hassall being appointed as the BPA’s private parking appeals service provider for the ‘GPEOL 3,500’. In short, these were the 3,500 cases that London Councils stayed pending the outcome of the

Justice for the ‘GPEOL 3,500’

Earlier this week I heard rumours that a solicitors firm had been appointed to assess the outstanding 3,500 so called ‘GPEOL’ POPLA cases. I was very much surprised at the name of that solicitor, but I will come back to

Beavis loses battle, wins war?

Today the Department for Communities and Local Government announced several new regulatory reforms set to be introduced on 6th April 2016. These includes: Amendments to off-street parking legislation will balance the right of land owners to control the use of

A better alternative to the parking ticket…

I was sent this interesting video on an experiment to stop people abusing disabled spaces. I think you’ll agree this would be far more effective than sending £100 fines in the post after the event…

Am I unreasonable to not name the driver?

From: John Subject: General enquiry Hi, One of your pages says that the registered keeper has no obligation in law to name the driver. As the keeper of a vehicle, I have received a request from a PPC to name

Want to end unfair parking fines? Sign this petition

Barry Beavis has started a petition against disproportionate private parking tickets. Following his loss at the Supreme Court, case law has now been set that allows parking companies to issue arbitrary parking charges. Until this judgement, the amount charged had

Beavis loses, consumers beware

The Supreme Court handed down their judgement in the case of Beavis Vs ParkingEye. Unfortunately for Barry Beavis, the motoring public, and in fact, all consumers, the appeal was dismissed. Six of the seven judges found in ParkingEye’s favour, and

A difficult question for the BPA

Whilst not providing much information about how UKPC had been investigated and disciplined, the BPAs recent press release contained details of changes to the BPA Code of Practice. The update included two eye-catching changes, likely prompted by the UKPC affair

Parking Wars, Tuesday 15th September 8pm on ITV

From the producers that brought you Parking Mad… Starting on Tuesday 15th September is a three part series about parking called Parking Wars. This is the blurb from the production company: Battles over parking occur every day on our streets

The Parking Cowboys survey results are out!

Through August, we collected data from motorists who have received private parking tickets. We wanted to know what the ticket was for, who issued it, and where. Most importantly, we wanted to find out whether motorists were knowlingly breaking the

An interesting way to get your parking ticket cancelled!

In this clip, comedian Joe Lycett explains how he got a recent parking fine cancelled. Watch and enjoy…

Are ParkingEye PCNs invalid?

From: Andy Parking on Parking Eye sights can be fun especially because they don’t include their email address in their Parking Charge Notices making them invalid [BPA code of conduct]. They didn’t even contest mine when I pointed it out.

The Parking Cowboys Survey

The private parking industry makes a number of bold claims as justification for imposing their ‘fines’ on motorists. They claim they’re required to protect the land owners rights and without it there would be Carmegeddon™. In defence of the industry,

Landowners: Parking companies are not your friends

Whist most of the parking world has been focussing on the Beavis vs ParkingEye case at the Supreme Court, POPLA slipped out their 3rd annual report on the state of their appeals system. The report, written by Henry Michael Greensalde

Beavis Vs ParkingEye: And now we wait…

This week saw the Beavis Vs ParkingEye appeal hearing at the Supreme Court. During the hearing the court requested further submissions to clarify the nature of the contract between the motorist and ParkingEye. The final decision is not expected until

Does a misspelt name on my parking ticket invalidate it?

From: Jonathon Received parking charge notice from parking eye but my name is spelt wrongly do I have a chance of appeIng this Hi Jonathon (I assume that’s the correct spelling?), the short answer is no, the misspelling won’t make

ParkingEye ruined my marriage!

From: Anonymous I was recently a passenger in a car which overstayed in a supermarket car park. I was distressed to find out that it was not just the car registration number that was photographed but the front of the

Beavis Supreme Court appeal date set!

We’ve just heard that the Beavis vs ParkingEye appeal at the Supreme Court has been listed for July 21st to 23rd 2015. With the current backlog of cases, it would have probably not been heard until late 2016. However, the

IPC have a pop at BPA

Today I spotted an interesting post on the Money Saving Expert forum. An ex-private parking industry worker posted an open letter that the IPC sent to the BPA. It appears that the IPC is getting concerned that the BPA’s calls

ParkingEye Vs Beavis: Appeal target reached!

He’s done it! In one day, Barry Beavis has raised the £6,000 needed to lodge his appeal at the Supreme Court; this one is going to penalties! (no pun intended) Well done to everyone that contributed. Whilst Barry’s name is

ParkingEye Vs Beavis: Please contribute to the appeal fund!

As reported yesterday, Barry Beavis’ appeal was dismissed by the Court of Appeal. However, the court did grant him the option of appealing to the Supreme Court. Following that, Barry has decided to go all the way but he needs

ParkingEye Vs Beavis: Permission to further appeal granted!

We’ve just heard that the Court of Appeal has granted permission for the case to be appealed to the Supreme Court, the highest court for civil cases. It remains to be seen whether Mr Beavis decides to take the case

ParkingEye Vs Beavis: Appeal dismissed

Today at the Court of Appeal, the judgement on the case of ParkingEye Vs Beavis was handed down. Lord Justice Moore-Bick, Lord Justice Patten, and Sir Timothy Lloyd decided that Barry Beavis’ appeal is DISMISSED. On initial inspection, this is

The RAC finally wake up to the private parking industry

Friday was an interesting day on planet parking; ahead of next week’s case at the Court of Appeal, the RAC Foundation released a report on the private parking industry. The report, Private Parking, Public Concern contains an assessment of the

Honest John? Let’s just call you John

Yesterday someone copied me on a tweet responding to an Honest John article, telling him he was giving out the wrong advice. So I thought I’d take a look, and see what a he’s said… The motorist describes their situation

Victory over the Parking Cowboys

The welcome news today is that the government are going to clamp down on parking charges at hospitals. The guidance document from the Department of Health is published here. There is also coverage in the Daily Mail and on the

Parking Cowboys in the news!

Well not exactly, but it seems the Daily Mail has taken inspiration from us in naming its latest campaign. The Mail like to think they were behind the clamping ban, and so they have now started the campaign against the

Spy cars get banned!

This morning the newspapers are full of the news that the Government has clamped down on local authority parking enforcement after the recent consultation. The measures include: Banning mobile and fixed CCTV for parking enforcement The trial of a 25%

The NoToMob get their own back…

Our friends NoToMob had a little fun when they attended the Parkex event recently. They issued their very own parking tickets to the attendees of the conference. Check out the pictures here –>,3947.0.html

It’s ok to use someone’s blue badge…

… except that it’s not. It’s actually a criminal offence to use a blue badge if they’re not in the car with you. However, Barry from Watford does make a compelling case for it. Enjoy… Incase you were in any

Armchair lawyers

Armchair lawyers is the term parking companies use to belittle the volunteers helping the motoring public fight private parking charges. They deride them on their websites, on their news pages, on their appeal rejection letters. “Ignore the forums, don’t listen

Recent updates on the site

Last week we updated our POPLA code checker so that it now identifies the parking company’s POPLA code (e.g. ParkingEye = ‘606’). It’s a small, but hopefully useful change! Elsewhere on the site we’ve added the following pages: What do I do?

Consultation on local authority parking

The Government has been running a consultation on local authority parking – a subject of much political debate recently. Although local authority parking is not Parking Cowboys usual subject matter, we do take more than a passing interest. The British

Welcome to the Parking Cowboys blog

Here at Parking Cowboys, we thought we would start a very occasional blog page. We’re going to post interesting links, responses to emails receive, and whatever else takes our fancy. Hope you enjoy. PC.