Sunday, 10 April 2016

Judge rules against apparent scam at Curran Road, Cardiff

A number of cases were heard in Cardiff this Friday concerning parking charges issued by New Generation Parking Management (NGPM) at a car park in Curran Road, Cardiff. Several judges were scheduled to take handle the cases, and there were three representatives from LPC law on behalf of the claimant. John Wilkie was present as lay representative/amicus curiae for several of the defendants.

One of the judges had previously been the victim of a parking company and invited the parties to request he recuse himself, which they declined to do.

DJ Philips took on one of these claims (involving multiple tickets) as a test case. The hearing included an outing to the car park in question - around half a mile from the court. Several of the other cases were duly adjourned pending the result of this case.

After hearing the arguments the judge ruled that NGPM had no right to operate on the land, and all PCN's issued and sued for are a nullity. Leave to appeal was refused.

Apparently NGPM have a contract with a landowner who owns the land adjacent to the material location. But the Gym, and its car park, have a different landowner, and the defendants obtained statements from that landowner, and the Gym manager, that they have no contract with NGPM. This together with a copy of the Land Registry entry swung the case decisively in the defendant's favour. It seems that there was some dubious character with a pad of NTDs, who was going round putting them on cars in the Gym car park. This person was not an employee of NGPM.

Motorists who have paid charges to NGPM when they were parked in the Gym car park may therefore have a valid claim against NGPM to get their monies refunded.

Is the ATA system working?

The claims were issued by Wright Hassall, which calls into question their competence to judge the stayed POPLA cases fairly. If they are unaware that operators cannot issue tickets on land where they have no contract, then they are hardly likely to rule correctly on the stayed cases.

At the time the tickets were issued NGPM were members of the British Parking Association. The BPA were informed at the time that NGPM were issuing tickets on land where they had no rights. The BPA asked NGPM if this was true and NGPM replied that it was not. The BPA therefore closed the investigation.

The Prankster thinks this shows the system is failing. The Prankster therefore thinks that responsibility for appeals and enforcement should be independent of the ATA system.

Happy Parking

The Parking Prankster


  1. The BPA's "investigation" consisted solely of them asking the PPC if they had authority to ticket that land. Nothing more. Of course NGPM answered as they did. Did you expect anything different? And the BPA wonders why they are such a laughing stock.

  2. "It seems that there was some dubious character with a pad of NTDs, who was going round putting them on cars in the Gym car park. This person was not an employee of NGPM."

    Do they really expect people to believe this?


    1. Was that really their excuse? That some party or parties unknown are issuing tickets that look like NGPM tickets, and which somehow magically make it to NGPM to collect on, but that it's got nothing to do with NGPM?

      Bigger boys did it and ran away?

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  4. Not sure what NGPM are implying by saying the dubious person was not an employee of NGPM. If that is the case, why were they pursuing the charges in court? Surely they should have informed the court the charges were nothing to do with them and should be cancelled.
    If the person was not an employee of NGPM, how did NGPM have details of the alleged charges?

  5. I'm due one from Messers Right Hassle but have not received it yet. It will be interesting to see if it comes through under the POPLOL brand.

  6. Time for someone to get round to that location ASAP and collect another ticket.
    It could be an interesting letter to the DVLA as a result.
    Actually it could be classed as fraud and invite a civil action against them.

  7. Looking at Google Earth it seems that NGPM put up signs randomly. There is even one attached to a wall in the middle of a building on the opposite side of the road to parking spaces at a point. Obviously, someone got confused about where they were operating. NGPM are the same firm, incidently, that got tossed out of the Capital Retail Park in Cardiff next to Cardiff's football ground.