The Prankster today received an email from a concerned motorist who thought he remembered that this was not always the case. The POPLA website used to contain a statement to the effect that if the appeal was upheld that any monies paid should be returned. Now that his memory is jogged, The Prankster seems to remember the same wording. Unfortunately, neither The Prankster's screen dumps nor The Wayback Machine captures have a copy of the missing text.
However, as The Motorist also points out, POPLA's old appeal forms do not mention this while the new ones do.
The Prankster would therefore like to ask the following questions.
- When did the web site get changed?
- Who decided to change the policy?
- Were any motorist organisations consulted?
- Why was the change not publicised?
- Were the appeals withdrawn in June submitted before or after the policy change?
The Prankster will investigate further. If anyone has screen or site captures from the POPLA website, please get in touch.
If this turns out to be substantiated, The Prankster considers that this is further evidence of the non independence of POPLA; secretly changing a policy to the detriment of motorists due to pressure from the parking industry, without consulting any independent organisations, and implementing the change without publicity. How much worse can things get?