New Generation Parking Management were in court today (14/06/2017) facing five charges for various breaches of the Consumer Protection Act 2008
The charge were brought by Trading Standards Rhondda Cynon Taf (RCT).
Charge 1. Displaying BPA logo when not a member of the organisation
NGPM pled guilty to this charge. In mitigation, their solicitor argued that the signs had labels attached to cover the BPA logo but they were frequently removed. The BPA also permits a 3 month period after membership ends for the removal of the logo. This meant that signs should have been amended by March/April 2016 to reflect IPC membership.
They also switched from the BPA to the IPC. This meant at no time were they without accredited membership which would make this much more serious matter
Antony Roberts, owner of NGPM stated that he was a member of the BPA board for 4 years and was instrumental in the creation of the code of practice which is today used nationwide.
The signage was amended between August 1st and August 10th 2016
Charge 5 Displaying Safe Contractor logo when membership expired in 2010
NGPM pled guilty to this charge. This logo was used to show compliance for terms required with clamping industry. They had been told by the operator to remove the logo but failed to do so.
Their website was checked and logos were present there also.
In mitigation their solicitor argued the website was managed by a third party company who let them down. This was not NGPM's fault and that contract has now ended.
NGPM wanted to contest these charges and go to trial. RCT decided not to continue with these charges.
Charge 1 - £1250
Charge 5 - £1000
RCT COSTS -£995.84
Criminal cost - £130
NGPM seem happy to blame anyone but themselves for their own failings.
There are still a number of their signs displaying BPA logos.
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