When they sent him a new notice, also outside the required timescales, The Prankster therefore appealed using the same grounds he had won at POPLA before. CP Plus refused to accept this as a valid appeal, ignored his letter and started debt collection procedures.
Astonished, The Prankster complained to the British Parking Association Limited.
The BPA Ltd found in the operator's favour and replied that:
"The operator has advised that they never accepted your correspondence as an appeal."
The Prankster considers that letting an operator decide what is or is not an appeal is not the right of the operator, especially when they have lost on that appeal point in the past.
Presumably operators will now be flocking to follow in CP Plus's footsteps, and decide that all manner of grounds are no longer valid ones for appeal. The Prankster guesses that landowner permission and justification of pre-estimate of loss will be the first ones to go.