15 December 2016

Victory

In human history there have been many great battles - from the jungles of Vietnam to the isles of Greece and from the poppy fields of Flanders to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. But surely, through the centuries, no battle can compare with the bloody conflict fought between the mighty forces of Premier Park and Brave Sir Yorkshire Pudding - alone, like Daniel in the lions' den. His path was illuminated by the flickering beacon of justice and words were his only weapons.

To learn more about the background to this bitter conflict go here

The Evil Premier Park's only goal in life is to squeeze money from motorists. They show no mercy and believe that they always have right on their side. They try to bully their victims into paying parking charges by warning that if you don't pay now you'll pay much more later. Many motorists cough up and put it all down to experience as Premier Park go laughing to the bank, their pockets filled with booty.

In England there is an organisation called POPLA which stands for Parking on Private Land Appeals. It is legalistic, with several hoops for accusers and appellants to jump through over a period of a month or more. I submitted written and photographic evidence and later challenged some keypoints contained in the arguments of Premier Park. I thought I had a convincing case but suspected that POPLA would be in league with private parking companies, paying mere lip service to the notion of appeal.

However, yesterday I learnt that my appeal had been successful! Ring the bells! Go dancing in the street! This is a mighty blow for the common man. Goliath has been brought to his knees. Premier Park must skulk away to the dank caves of abject defeat as Sir Yorkshire Pudding, astride his great white charger, waves to the cheering crowds. Let me borrow these words from Winston Churchill, "I say that in the long years to come not only will the people of this island but of the world, wherever the bird of freedom chirps in human hearts, look back to what we've done and they will say 'do not despair, do not yield to violence and tyranny, march straightforward and die if need be-unconquered.'

In conclusion, the POPLA assessor said this : "From the operator’s evidence, I can see that the signage at the site is located on the walls of the building. I am not satisfied that this is sufficient to inform motorists of the terms and conditions of the site as they are not easy to see and I cannot determine that the appellant has had the opportunity to see, read and understand them. As I am unable to determine that the appellant has had the opportunity to see the signage within the car park, I can only conclude that the operator has issued the PCN (parking charge notice) incorrectly. Accordingly, I must allow this appeal."

28 comments:

  1. Congratulations. There are things worth fighting for. In your case it was the principle if the thing. I am at present contesting a photo radar speeding ticket that I received 46 days after the offense!

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    1. What is the law about such a lengthy delay Red? Good luck!

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    2. From the Act of rights and freedoms. There is a time limit like 21 days.

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  2. Congratulations!! It's that Yorkshire determination I'm sure plus making an effort. Too many people say it's all too hard and the appeal will fail.
    Good luck to you too Red...

    Alphie

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    1. I accept your congratulations with the humility of a knight of old my dear Lady Alphie.

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  3. I just looked out the window,there's a man dancing and singing in the street. He must have just read your blog. Well done young man.

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    1. "Young" man? Oooo! I like you Wenda.

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  4. That's great news!

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  5. Congratulations, Sir Yorkie! A worthy win...and before you, Sir, I shall cursty! :)

    Whoops! I slipped!

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    1. Ne'er mind mistress, I shall lift thee up and carry thee to thy chamber.

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  6. Brave Sir Pudding and the Battle of the PP. A tale to be told and retold down through the ages.

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    1. Once upon a time, in the days before King Trump brought havoc to the land...

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  7. Well goodness me! well done...sometimes a little victory does happen.

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    1. Little? This victory is humongous young lady.

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  8. Well done YP - a successful blow for the rights of man, freedom and democracy (though not necessarily in that order!)
    Celebratory drinks on you tonight? 7:30? Lee, Jennifer, and I might be a bit late as we've a way to come !

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    1. I will see you in "The Dog's Bollocks" at 7.30 CG. Please wear something skimpy.

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    1. THE PEOPLE 1 FORCES OF DARKNESS 0

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  10. Well done YP - these companies are nothing but bloodsuckers. The best I would give though is to simply ignore all correspondence. Those letters will keep on coming but if you do nothing then neither will they. It costs too much to see through their threats of legal action.

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    1. Mmmm... I did my research before taking on Goliath Mr P. They DO take motorists to small claims courts and if the verdict goes against you you end up paying the charge and court costs too. However, for me it wasn't about the money, it was the principle.

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    2. It's not just the charges and court costs. Your credit rating (which, for you may be immaterial) will show the debt making computerised applications for almost anything involving money fall at the first hurdle.

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  11. Well, happy appellant, right you are! All is not as lost as it might appear. I love the way Sir Winston strung words together and you are unconquered and live to fight another day. Well done.

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    1. Dame Jocelyn, thy words are honey-sweet to my cloth ears. To thee I gladly send my humble felicitations.

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  12. Hooray! Wave your hands in the air like you don't care!
    RJ, Ralf and I have planned our office Christmas party for tonight. We shall raise our glasses to you and your victory, brave YP!

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    1. News of my victory has spread to Europe's dark and mysterious hinterland where goblins dwell. Have a lovely Xmas party Princess Goblin but go easy on the glühwein!

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  13. Congratulations!!!!!

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