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Issue 279 - 27 June 2015: News
JustPark and AppyParking win funding from Richard Branson

JustPark and AppyParking win funding from Richard Branson

Two parking technology firms – JustPark and AppyParking – emerged as the winners of Virgin Media Business’s annual ‘Pitch to Rich’ competition, which offers category winners a share of a £1m prize fund. The finalists were selected by public vote and the ultimate winners were named on 26 June by Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Media chief executive Peter Kelly and a jury including Shutterstock founder Jon Oringer,... continue

Court rules ProServe must join a trade association to access DVLA vehicle keeper data
Deniz Huseyin

A Judicial Review has rejected enforcement firm Proserve’s argument that it should not have to belong to an accredited trade association (ATA) in order to gain access to driver data. Last July the DVLA decided to stop the firm’s access to driver data after it refused to become a member of an ATA. Since 2009 car park operators have been required to belong to an ATA in order to access vehicle keeper data. ProServe had argued that its... continue

Parliament to debate new bid to create national pavement parking ban

Parliament to debate new bid to create national pavement parking ban
Mark Moran

A Private Member’s Bill calling for a ban on pavement parking in England and Wales has been submitted to Parliament by the North Dorset MP Simon Hoare.  Pavement Parking (Protection of Vulnerable Pedestrians) Bill 2015-16 had its first reading on 24 June. The second reading is scheduled for 4 December. To track the Bill's progress through Parliament cl... continue

Bromley and Bexley’s Shared Parking Service helps Sheffield clear backlog

Bromley and Bexley’s Shared Parking Service helps Sheffield clear backlog

A London local authority parking partnership has helped a South Yorkshire council clear a build up of drivers’ correspondence. Bromley and Bexley’s Shared Parking Service assisted Sheffield City Council with a short-term backlog of challenges and representations. Ben Stephens, head of Bromley and Bexley Shared Parking Service, said: “Having combined the work of two services previously to form a shared service, we were keen to... continue

Private parking appeals bodies differ on adjourning hearings until 'Beavis' case resolved

The two independent appeals services for parking on private land have adopted different approaches to resolving cases possibly affected by Supreme Court ruling on Barry Beavis v ParkingEye. Parking on Private Land Appeals (POPLA) has adjourned around 1,500 cases pending the content of the Supreme Court judgment. POPLA listens to appeals made by drivers who have been ticketed by companies belonging to th... continue

Supreme Court to hear Beavis vs ParkingEye appeal on 21 July

Supreme Court to hear Beavis vs ParkingEye appeal on 21 July

The Supreme Court will hear motorist Barry Beavis’s appeal against a parking penalty issued by ParkingEye on 21 July. The court will decide on the recoverability of penalty charges imposed by a private car park operator upon those who overstay a limited period of free parking. The Court of Appeal found in ParkingEye’s favour but allowed Beavis to appeal. Beavis, a chip shop owner, argues that the levying of an £85 charge for an... continue

Parking World 2015 takes place 12 November

Parking World 2015 takes place 12 November

Parking World, the UK’s leading conference and exhibition, will take place at London’s KIA Oval on Thursday 12 November. Launched in 2005, Parking Review’s annual conference provides an independent forum in which parking, urban design, planning and transport professionals can discuss topical issues, share best practice and network. Parking World is co-located with partner events run by Landor LINKS covering themes such as s... continue

PATAS renamed London Tribunals

The capital’s Parking and Traffic Appeals Service (PATAS) has been renamed London Tribunals. The new service supports two separate teams, as before, which have been renamed Environment & Traffic Adjudicators and Road User Charging Adjudicators. The service has moved to Chancery Exchange, 10 Furnival Street, London EC4A 1AB, with the new hearing centre opening on 13 July. Caroline Hamilton remains chief adjudicator of the service. A... continue

Beavis puts himself forward as government parking ‘tsar’

Beavis puts himself forward as government parking ‘tsar’
Deniz Huseyin

Barry Beavis, the chip shop owner whose legal battle against a private land parking charge goes to the Supreme Court next week, has volunteered his services to the government as a parking ‘tsar’ to lead the reform of the private parking industry. He has called on Greg Clark, the minister for Communities and Local Government, to ensure the private parking industry is regulated. Beavis says there are currently “multiple codes of... continue

Mole Valley says free parking plan at odds with sustainable transport aims

Mole Valley says free parking plan at odds with sustainable transport aims
Deniz Huseyin

Plans to introduce 30 minutes’ free parking across the district of Mole Valley, Surrey, have been rejected by councillors. The motion was put forward by the leader of the opposition, Liberal Democrat leader Stephen Cooksey, but was defeate... continue

Mole Valley says free parking plan at odds with sustainable transport aims

Mole Valley says free parking plan at odds with sustainable transport aims
Deniz Huseyin

Plans to introduce 30 minutes’ free parking across the district of Mole Valley, Surrey, have been rejected by councillors. The motion was put forward by the leader of the opposition, Liberal Democrat leader Stephen Cooksey, but was defeate... continue

Operational
Using holograms to educate drivers about disabled parking

Using holograms to educate drivers about disabled parking
Imagine each time an able-bodied person attempts to park in a disabled parking bay a person with disabilities was able to challenge them. This is... continue

Ealing defends virtual resident permit renewal procedures
Deniz Huseyin
Ealing’s decision to stop sending out reminder letters for resident parking permit renewals is a “sneaky way” of increasing the... continue

Harrogate issues patrol officers with 'bodycams'
Patrick McDonnell
Civil enforcement officers in Harrogate are to be equipped with body cameras after a rise in verbal and physical abuse. The borough council will buy... continue

Free disabled parking scrapped at two Isle of Man sites
Patrick McDonnell
Douglas Borough Council has scrapped free disabled parking in two Isle of Man car parks. Parking fees for Blue Badge holders were introduced when the... continue

AA backs campaign to prevent dogs dying in locked cars

AA backs campaign to prevent dogs dying in locked cars
The AA is supporting the Dogs Trust ‘Hot Cars Can Kill Dogs’ campaign by handing out co-branded leaflets at major summer events.... continue

Ceredigion parking manager charged with ‘misconduct in public office’
Deniz Huseyin
Ceredigion’s head of parking services Katy Spain has appeared before a judge accused of misconduct in public office. Spain, who was named Young... continue

Parking in Shrewsbury on Sundays just got cheaper
Patrick McDonnell
The cost of parking in Shrewsbury on Sundays has been reduced following calls from the business community for a “simpler, cheaper”... continue

Online service tells drivers location of towed vehicles
The owners of illegally parked vehicles that have been removed anywhere in the capital can now find out their location by using an online service.... continue

Business News
Barrier maker A-SAFE on Sunday Times top 100 export list

Barrier maker A-SAFE on Sunday Times top 100 export list
Industrial safety barrier manufacturer A-SAFE has been listed in the Sunday Times BT Business SME Export Track 100 league table. The list ranks... continue

Total Car Parks to close Manchester site after losing planning appeal

Total Car Parks to close Manchester site after losing planning appeal
Total Car Parks will be closing its Oxford Road surface car park in Manchester on 31 July after failing to get an extension on planning permission to... continue

NCP will back Manchester city centre gardening festival

NCP will back Manchester city centre gardening festival
NCP is sponsoring a project that turns the centre of Manchester into a garden during the summer. The parking operator has partnered with CityCo and... continue

APCOA retains Kent on-street enforcement contracts

APCOA retains Kent on-street enforcement contracts
APCOA Parking (UK) has been awarded a two-year contract extension by Maidstone and Swale borough councils, which have operates a joint parking... continue

Q-Park offers 10% pre-booking discount to Motability users
The disability charity Motability will receive a donation from all bookings made at Q-Park’s 60 UK sites by Motability customers using a... continue

CP Plus invests in Ranger Services

CP Plus invests in Ranger Services
Parking and facilities management company CP Plus is investing in ANPR technology provider Ranger Services. The companies say the deal will see them... continue

Enforcement News

Citizens Advice reports rise in enquiries about private parking enforcement
Deniz Huseyin
Citizens Advice has reported that the numbers visiting its website seeking information about private land parking charges has nearly tripled in the... continue

DVLA axes fee for drivers enquiring about data access
The DVLA is no longer charging drivers who make enquiries about who have been requesting their data. The agency used to charge £5 for the... continue

ECP refunds £2.8k to wrongly ticketed drivers
Euro Car Parks has been refunding drivers issued parking charge notices (PCNs) in error at a branch of Sainsbury’s at Garthdee in... continue

Freight companies win 72% of PCN appeals in London

Freight companies win 72% of PCN appeals in London
Delivery companies are winning 72% of parking appeals in London, according to figures released by the Freight Transport Association (FTA).  A... continue

Osteopath receives PCN while in court on Blue Badge charges
Patrick McDonnell
An osteopath was issued with penalty charge notice for parking in a disabled bay outside Southampton Magistrates' Courtcontinue

Kensington & Chelsea to tackle Knightsbridge ‘supercars’

Kensington & Chelsea to tackle Knightsbridge ‘supercars’
Deniz Huseyin
A crackdown on the anti-social drivers of ‘supercars’ in Knightsbridge is being proposed by the Royal Borough of Kensington &... continue

Parking Policy

Beijing residents will need a parking space before they can buy a car
Residents of the Chinese capital Beijing will need to prove they have a place to park before being allowed to purchase a new car. The new rules,... continue

Crime

Man who threatened to stab fines officer jailed for 15 months
Patrick McDonnell
A man who refused to pay a parking ticket has been jailed after he threatened to stab a fines enforcement officer when the fine had risen to... continue

David Edmeades guilty of embezzling £45k from Smart Parking
David Edmeades, a former manager at Smart Parking, has admitted to embezzling £45,000 from the company over a three-year period. Edmeades, who... continue

East Lindsey P&D machines attacked
Deniz Huseyin
Pay & display machines have been vandalised in three car parks in Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire. An East Lindsey District Council spokeswoman said... continue

Woman stole Iceland parking tickets
Patrick McDonnell
A woman broke into a parking attendant’s kiosk and stole books of tickets before sticking them in random locations around Northampton town... continue

Smart Parking manager gets 18 months for theft
David Edmeades, a former manager at Smart Parking, has been jailed for 18 months after he admitted to embezzling £45,000 from the company over... continue

Spate of P&D vandal attacks disrupts enforcement in Cardigan

Spate of P&D vandal attacks disrupts enforcement in Cardigan
Deniz Huseyin
Businesses in the west Wales town of Cardigan have reported a rise in trade after vandalism destroyed seven off-street pay & display machines... continue

Lack of secure parking for HGVs fuels crime wave, says RHA
Deniz Huseyin
A lack of secure lorry parking along a stretch of the A1 in Nottinghamshire has made it a crime hotspot, according to the Road Haulage Association... continue

Construction
Bournemouth's Madeira Road multi-storey wins award

Bournemouth's Madeira Road multi-storey wins award
A multi-storey storey car park in Bournemouth is in the running for a national design award having won regional recognition.  The Madeira Road... continue

Makers Construction launches logistics arm
Makers Construction has launched a logistics arm to service and support sites on which the company is working The logistics service will also act as... continue

Awards

PATROL publishes Annual Report Awards short list
Mark Moran
The annual search for the best annual parking report produced by a local authority has reached the short listing stage. Annual reports are statements... continue

NCP’s Adrian Cobbledick wins national contact centre award
Adrian Cobbledick, NCP's head of customer contact, was named Business Improvements Manager of The Year at the UK National Contact Centre Awards in... continue