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Independent Penalty Fares Appeals Service

Volume 504: debated on Thursday 21 January 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport if he will take steps to (a) cease allowing the Independent Penalty Fares Appeals Service (IPFAS) to be a subsidiary business of Southeastern and (b) make IPFAS wholly independent of the train operating companies. (311940)

There are no proposals to alter the status of the Independent Penalty Fares Appeals Service. Its accounts and management are wholly separate to Southeastern. There are two penalty fares appeal bodies. Their revenue is not dependent on success or failure of appeals. Each body is paid a specified amount for appeals, regardless of the outcome. Appeals are regularly successful.