The Independent Scrutiny for Parking Appeals (ISPA) is to close at the end of March following the withdrawal of funding by the British Parking Association.
The BPA have complained to Marcus Jones that their rivals, the IPC do not have to operate under the scrutiny of an independent board. As the government have done nothing, the BPA have taken unilateral action to level the playing field by ceasing to fund ISPA.
The Prankster agrees the situation was unfair. The current situation creates an imbalance. As the IPC do not have to fund an independent panel, they can charge their members less, thus allowing them to undercut the BPA.
The IPC are also free to operate their appeals system as a kangaroo court, staffed by apparently incompetent and biased assessors. This means that they can decide all appeals on behalf of the operator, thus further attracting members from the BPA.
The IPC appeals system funnels motorist failed appeals to Gladstones Solicitors, who then file a claim. Gladstones are owned by Will Hurley and John Davies, the same two people who own and run the IPC and IAS. Gladstones then take these motorists to court. There is now an overwhelming body of evidence that judges disagree with the bogus reasoning of the 'baristas' who work for the IAS, and that cases are being thrown out by the bucketload.
There is therefore a clear conflict of interest in that the IPC is run by two discredited solicitors who have no idea of the correct legal issues surrounding parking. Gladstones in all known cases fail to obey practice directions and regularly ignore court deadlines, file incorrect evidence, discontinue at the last minute and generally act in a way which appears to bring the legal position into disrepute.
The IAS also fails to meet the statutory requirements for ADR Entities in a significant number of ways, and it is not clear why the government have not removed their qualification to operate.
The Prankster hopes the government will now take action and appoint a scrutiny panel to oversee both appeals services, as well as removing ADR Entity status from the IAS until it meets statutory requirements.
The Parking Prankster