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Issue 268 - 25 July 2014: News
Operators win over 54% of appeals against PCNs issued on private land

Operators win over 54% of appeals against PCNs issued on private land

The POPLA annual report reveals the body heard 23,500 appeals in the year ending 31 March 2014, with parking operators winning most decisions. In total, 10,661 appeals (45.37%) were allowed, while 12,839 (54.63%) were refused. This is the first report produced by lead adjudicator Henry Michael Greenslade covering a full year – POPLA was launched in October 2012. POPLA is now receiving up to 600 appeals each week. To cope with the growth,... continue

APCOA’s De Bruin steps into UK role as Morphew moves on

APCOA’s De Bruin steps into UK role as Morphew moves on
Mark Moran

Henk de Bruin, managing director of APCOA Parking in the Netherlands, has been called in to look after APCOA Parking (UK) after its managing director Graham Morphew left the company on 30 June. De Bruin, who is also a group director of APCOA Parking Holdings, has been asked to guide the company until a replacement for Morphew is found. Ralf?Bender, chief executive of APCOA Parking Group, said: “Henk de Bruin has a proven track record of... continue

Parking Prankster accuses parking firms of charging for free POPLA appeals

Parking Prankster accuses parking firms of charging for free POPLA appeals
Deniz Huseyin

Private parking operators ParkingEye and Devere Parking Services have been passing on the Parking Appeals on Private Land (POPLA) fee to drivers who fail to win their case, according to a campaigner who calls himself the Parking Prankster.  The £27 fee is being added to parking charges by the firms, even though the appeals process is meant to free to motorists, said Alex Shipp, who runs the website www.parking-prankster.com. Th... continue

Bailiff defends ‘donation’ made to Met Police as part of ANPR checks
Deniz Huseyin

Bailiff firm Newlyn offered the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) a 15% “donation” towards the operation of roadside checks of vehicles. The offer was made in an email which was released after a Freedom of Information (FOI) request by Eddie Williams of the campaign group NoToMob. A series of emails, with correspondents’ names  redacted, show the police force was involved in regular email contact with two bailiff firms,... continue

PATROL recognises best annual reports

PATROL recognises best annual reports

Worcester City Council and Ceredigion County Council have won the PATROL Annual Report Award for 2012/13.  The awards are presented by PATROL (Parking And Traffic Regulations Outside London) which provides public information for English and Welsh local authorities enforcing parking outside London. This is the fifth year of the PATROL Annual Report Award and comes on the back of the House of Commons Transport Select Committee’s calls... continue

Members of new parking body get access to DVLA data
Deniz Huseyin

A new trade association has entered the private parking sector, offering enforcement firms an alternative to the Approved Operator Scheme (AOS) operated by 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... continue

Operational

Glasgow has parking controls in place for Commonwealth Games
Glasgow has unveiled a high tech road network, complete with CCTV and traffic signal upgrades and more variable message signing, to coincide with the... continue

Isle of Man civil servants face fees
Patrick McDonnell
The Isle of Man government is consulting on whether to charge its civil service workers to park. This follows investigations by the Isle of Man Today... continue

Worcester cuts parking tariffs
Worcester City Council is cutting tariffs in its city centre car parks to support local businesses by attracting more tourism and trade into the... continue

Swansea council reduces off-street parking rates
Swansea City Council reduced hourly rates at its three city centre multi-storeys in July, with motorists charged £1 an hour for up to three... continue

MP asks questions about lack of staff parking at new Bristol hospital
Patrick McDonnell
A lack of staff parking spaces at the new £430m Southmead Hospital in Bristol, prompting the local MP to investigate the issue. Hospital... continue

Traffic Management
Self-driving cars make parking ‘hassle-free’, says Prof Begg

Self-driving cars make parking ‘hassle-free’, says Prof Begg
Mark Moran

Self-driving cars have the potential to transform the way in which people travel, the way in which they own vehicles and also make London’s streets safer and less congested, claims a new report. Autonomous vehicles... continue

86% of UK’s car club members live in London

The UK has one of the highest car club memberships in the world with more than 164,000 members, but 86% of the those members live in London, a conference on car sharing was told. The greatest density of car club members live... continue

Business News
Smart Parking separates tech and management operations

Smart Parking separates tech and management operations

Smart Parking has created two distinct business units to run its technology and managenent services for the UK market. Charlie Leaper assumes the role of UK & EMEA managing director for Smart Parking’s technology... continue

ParkatmyHouse online reservation service rebrands as JustPark

ParkatmyHouse online reservation service rebrands as JustPark
Mark Moran

ParkatmyHouse, the online platform that has been pioneering peer-to-peer driveway rental in the UK, has rebranded itself as JustPark. The rebrand has been accompanied by the launch of a fully redesigned website and the... continue

Enforcement News

Drivers don't understand rules for using mobile phones

Motorists don’t realise using a mobile phone when their engine is idling is an offence. The law regarding in-car mobile phone use says it is an offence for anyone to use any type of handheld communications device when... continue

Embassies owe London £82m in unpaid charges
Patrick McDonnell

Foreign embassies have failed to pay more than £82m in congestion charges since the introduction of the scheme in 2003, according to new figures from Transport for London (TfL). The worst offender for non-payment of... continue

Scottish Police agrees warden deal with Falkirk and Stirling

Two Scottish councils have reached an agreement with Police Scotland to continue with a traffic warden service. The agreement between Stirling and Falkirk councils and the police authority means that the service, consisting... continue

Warwickshire hires NSL with promise of savings

Warwickshire hires NSL with promise of savings
Patrick McDonnell

Warwickshire County Council has appointed NSL to provide on-street parking enforcement and associated services in the county. The five-year contract starts in November, with an option to extend for a further two... continue

Parking Policy

Green parking certificate launched in USA

A new accreditation scheme for environmentally friendly parking structures was launched in the United States on 1 June. The Green Garage Certification scheme has been inspired by LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental... continue

Polluting cars now pay more to park on the streets of Madrid

Polluting cars now pay more to park on the streets of Madrid

The Spanish capital Madrid has started making drivers of cars that pollute pay more to park. The city hopes to reduce air pollution and congested levels by encouraging drivers of the worst offending vehicles to switch to... continue

British Parking Association unveils 2015 Master Plan

British Parking Association unveils 2015 Master Plan

The British Parking Association (BPA) launched the latest version of the body’s ‘Master Plan for Parking’ at the House of Commons last month. The 5th annual plan was launched on 2 July by new president... continue

Drivers groups unveil a ‘Magna Carta for motorists’

Local authorities should be required to satisfy parking demand with the spaces being either free or reasonably priced, demands a new Motorists’ Charter. The Alliance of British Drivers (ABD) and the National... continue

Crime

Croydon pay & display machines stolen
Two pay & display parking machines have been stolen from a surface car park in Croydon, south London. The two Parkeon Strada solar-powered units... continue

Construction
USL StructureCare upgrades High Wycombe multi-storey

USL StructureCare upgrades High Wycombe multi-storey
Wycombe District Council’s Easton Street multi-storey car park will be undergoing a major refurbishment this summer.  The renovation is... continue

Radflex completes Dartford contract
Radflex Contract Services has completed the second phase of waterproof jointing works, on the Orchards shopping centre in Dartford, Kent. Engaged by... continue

Thamesmead residential parking revamped
Surface parking areas at a housing association complex in Thamesmead, south-east London, have been upgraded. Yarnton Way comprises the Harlequin,... continue

Developments
300-space parking deck for Sevenoaks

300-space parking deck for Sevenoaks
Patrick McDonnell
Sevenoaks District Council is set to increase parking capacity in the town centre by more than 300 vehicles by installing a deck over an existing... continue

Park & Ride

Banbury rail car park opened
Transport minister Baroness Kramer officially opened a new multi-storey car park serving Banbury Railway Station. Chiltern Railways managing director... continue

People News
NSL pair raise cancer fund

NSL pair raise cancer fund
Two NSL parking attendants working in Edinburgh recently completed an abseil off the Forth Rail Bridge and raised £643 for Macmillan Cancer... continue

APCOA hires Brown for southern rail role

APCOA hires Brown for southern rail role
APCOA Parking (UK) has appointed Andy Brown as area manager (south) for its management services’ contract with Network Rail. Brown joins APCOA... continue

APCOA's Jackman retires after 31 years' service

APCOA's Jackman retires after 31 years' service
Jim Jackman, who was APCOA Parking (UK)’s longest serving employee, has retired from the parking industry after almost 31 years’... continue

APCOA hires Menzies’ Taylor for Heathrow contract
APCOA Parking (UK) has appointed Sean Taylor to the position of contract manager for the associated services’ contract it holds with London... continue

WPS hires Weston to strengthen sales team

WPS hires Weston to strengthen sales team
Parking equipment manufacturer WPS has added Matthew Weston to its business development team to reflect the increasing importance of IT in... continue

Debt recovery firm Ross & Roberts hires Reynolds

Debt recovery firm Ross & Roberts hires Reynolds
Civil enforcement agency Ross & Roberts has appointed Amanda Reynolds as its new business development manager for the revenues sector. Reynolds... continue

Olivia Sandy passes away

Olivia Sandy passes away
Olivia Sandy passed away unexpectedly on 10 June. Sandy, who was 52, worked for a number of companies serving the parking sector, focussing on... continue

Awards

European parking awards launched
The European Parking Association (EPA) is now inviting entries for its biennial awards. There are five categories: New parking structures Renovated... continue

ParkCloud receives Queen’s Award for Enterprise
Online parking reservations specialist ParkCloud has been presented with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise. The company, formed six years ago,... continue