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Issue 267 - 27 June 2014: News
School and bus restrictions not included in CCTV ban

School and bus restrictions not included in CCTV ban
Deniz Huseyin

The use of CCTV for parking enforcement is to be limited to strictly defined areas, the government has announced. In a joint statement published on 21 June, communities secretary Eric Pickles and transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said that fines would have to be issued to the windscreen by civil enforcement officers, making it illegal to use CCTV cars to carry out on-street enforcement. However, CCTV cars would still be allowed to enforce... continue

Sandwell rejects claims it set contractor targets

Sandwell rejects claims it set contractor targets
Deniz Huseyin

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council has rejected claims by campaign group NoToMob that its parking contract included bonuses and penalties based on the number of penalty charge notices issued. NoToMob submitted a Freedom of Information (FOI) request to the council in July 2013 requesting to see the parking contract. The council failed to respond to the FOI within 20 working days, as required, which prompted NoToMob to complain to the... continue

Met suspends roadside checks with bailiff firms
Deniz Huseyin

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has suspended all roadside checks involving bailiff firms while it investigates concerns raised by campaign group NoToMob. A chief inspector at the MPS wrote to NoToMob on 6 June stating that all roadside operations involving bailiff firms had been “suspended until the MPS can fully explore the issues”. The MPS told Parking Review that this review would take “several months to... continue

DVLA approves new parking association

DVLA approves new parking association
Deniz Huseyin

A new trade association has entered the private parking sector, offering enforcement firms an alternative to the British Parking Association (BPA). The DVLA said it awarded the Independent Parking Committee Ltd (IPC) full Accredited Trade Association (ATA) status after a “probation period and comprehensive evaluation of its operations”. Firms managing parking on private land must be a member of an ATA in order to request vehicle... continue

Operational
Lower tariffs in Worthing boost local business

Lower tariffs in Worthing boost local business
Deniz Huseyin

Businesses in Worthing are reporting that reduced car park tariffs at three town centre multi-storeys have boosted customer numbers. Tariffs were cut after Worthing Borough Council took over the running of the car parks from... continue

Kids' video warns parents over school parking

Kids' video warns parents over school parking
Deniz Huseyin

A music video featuring nearly a thousand children from Cambridgeshire schools has been released urging parents and carers not to park irresponsibly outside schools.  Pupils from five primary schools in the county took... continue

Traffic Management
Westminster’s smart sensor system listed in Sustainia 100

Westminster’s smart sensor system listed in Sustainia 100

Westminster City Council’s sensor-based parking management system has been named one of the sustainable innovations of the year. The system, which provides drivers with real-time information on bay availability via a... continue

Business News
Amazon 'click & collect' lockers at Tube stations

Amazon 'click & collect' lockers at Tube stations
Patrick McDonnell

London Underground passengers are now able to pick up items ordered on Amazon at lockers located at two Tube station car parks. The lockers are the latest ‘click & collect’ partnership between Transport for... continue

ParkatmyHouse signs deal with Newham

ParkatmyHouse signs deal with Newham
Mark Moran

The London Borough of Newham has signed a deal with the ParkatmyHouse.com website and app to lease spaces in its car parks. This will see council-owned parking spaces made available to drivers to reserve through the online... continue

Enforcement News

Aldi rejects council claim that it used ANPR unlawfully
Deniz Huseyin

Supermarket chain Aldi used unauthorised ANPR cameras at its store in Mold in Flintshire during a 12-month period, Flintshire County Council has reported. The authority said the cameras breached a Section 106 planning... continue

Lobbying averted outright CCTV ban, says BPA

Lobbying averted outright CCTV ban, says BPA
Deniz Huseyin

The government’s decision to continue to allow CCTV parking enforcement in certain cases, such as outside schools, has been welcomed by Patrick Troy, chief executive of the British Parking Association... continue

Parking companies win 54% of private land appeals

Parking companies win 54% of private land appeals

Parking companies are defeating the majority of appeals lodged by drivers challenging parking tickets issued on private land, the first full annual report by the sector’s dispute resolution service reveals. Parking on... continue

Parking Policy

European Parking Association looks at harmonising disabled parking
The European Parking Association (EPA) has set up a task group to examine parking regulations for people with disabilities. The Blue Badge Parking in... continue

ATOC publishes advice on motorcycle parking at stations

ATOC publishes advice on motorcycle parking at stations
Deniz Huseyin
Providing more secure bays for motorcycles at rail stations should be seen as a vital part of managing parking demand, according to the Association... continue

Crime

BBFI launches 'pay-as-you-go' Blue Badge fraud investigations
Blue Badge Fraud Investigations (BBFI), a specialist counter fraud organisation, has launched a new ‘pay as you go’ service for local... continue

Man who attacked parking officer with hammer walks free
Patrick McDonnell
A man has walked free from court despite admitting striking a civil enforcement officer (CEO) over the head with a hammer. Birmingham Crown Court... continue

Construction
Trinity Leeds is setting a new standard

Trinity Leeds is setting a new standard
John Taylor

Trinity Leeds is a 1 million sq ft scheme launched in the city centre by Land Securities in March 2013. It was the only major retail and leisure development to open in the UK in either 2012 or 2013. The centre brought 46 new... continue

Developments
Stress testing the parking impacts of new developments

Stress testing the parking impacts of new developments
Penny Winder

It is the stuff of nightmares: cars double parked; safety compromised around schools because of the high volume of vehicles in the surrounding streets; shoppers unable to park near the local high street; commuters leaving their cars in the roads close to the railway station. For any developer, surveyor, housing association or local authority planning officer, mismanagement of parking space can cause untold misery and probl... continue

Park & Ride

Park & rail scheme proposed for Bath
Patrick McDonnell
A ‘park & rail’ scheme for the outskirts of Bath features in a set of transport measures being considered in new transport proposals... continue

People News
BPA elects Williams as first chairman of the board

BPA elects Williams as first chairman of the board
Nigel Williams, co-founder of the consultancy Parking Matters, has been elected as the first ever chair of the British Parking Association’s... continue

Smart Parking names Eade head as operations
Smart Parking has appointed Larry Eade to the position of head of operations. Based at the company’s recently established technology hub in... continue

Loughborough student wins BPA John Heasman Bursary
Sarah Brooke, a PhD student at Loughborough University, will receive this year’s John Heasman Bursary from the British Parking... continue

Awards
DMUK launches Disabled Parking Awards

DMUK launches Disabled Parking Awards
A scheme designed to accredit car parks that provide good access and facilities for disabled people was launched by the charity Disabled Motoring UK... continue

ATOC launches Cycle Rail Awards

ATOC launches Cycle Rail Awards
Deniz Huseyin
Nominations can now be submitted for the 2014 National Cycle Rail Awards. The event, run by the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC),... continue