Upon a compliant being lodged with the DVLA, it consulted the BPA and both agreed with ParkingEye that ParkingEye could not legally apply for any such consent so ParkingEye had not done anything wrong. Nothing could be further from the truth of course - anyone can apply for such consent whether they own the land or not. However, ParkingEye are past masters at lying to the various authorities and pulling the wool over their eyes.
In November 2014, after ParkingEye was threatened by the Council with being prosecuted, ParkingEye applied for consent. ParkingEye has also applied for similar consents at other sites it manages including, fairly recently, Burton Hospital. So a crime is being committed at Burton Hospital as well!
Hurrah! ParkingEye can apply for consent. The DVLA maintains that ParkingEye cannot apply for consent.
A formal complaint was lodged with the Barrow Council, as the Planning Authority, over its failure to act promptly over this crime.
The Council has now accepted that
1. Officers require training - especially in the law it is required to enforce
2. Officers failed to comply with the Council's enforcement policy
3. Maladministration has occurred, and
4. To compensate the complainant in the sum of £100. The same sum as is being claimed by ParkingEye.
Wouldn't it be nice if the powers that be, that we pay to do their jobs, could just do so - properly in the first place?
The Prankster recommends that any motorists who have paid ParkingEye for a charge regarding The Range, Barrow in Furness before February 2015, contacts Barrow Borough Council, lodges a formal complaint and requests compensation.
Similar councils may also compensate motorists for other car parks where signage is illegal.
The Parking Prankster