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Issue 273 - 10 December 2014: News
English councils made £667m profit from parking, claims RAC Foundation report

English councils made £667m profit from parking, claims RAC Foundation report
Deniz Huseyin

English councils generated a “profit” of £667m from on and off-street parking operations in 2013-14, according to a new report from the RAC Foundation. This is 12% higher than the £594m raised in 2012-13, says the report’s author David Leiblin... continue

Met ends roadside checks involving bailiffs

Met ends roadside checks involving bailiffs
Deniz Huseyin

The Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) has announced it will no longer carry out roadside checks involving bailiff firms after a review took into account issues relating to “the legal position” and “trust and confidence in the police”. The checks had been suspended since May when campaign group NoToMob raised concerns about the operations. It emerged that the MPS had not been following its own standard operating procedure,... continue

NCP retains London Underground contract

NCP retains London Underground contract
Mark Moran

Transport for London (TfL) has retained NCP to manage its 61 London Underground station car parks. The contract includes car park development, technology, operational management, facilities management and maintenance. NCP has managed London Underground’s car parks since 2002. The company says that occupancy has grown by 18% over the last five years and two new car parks have been added to the portfolio, at Morden and Chesham. Derek Hulyer,... continue

DVLA makes £22m selling vehicle keeper records to private firms
Deniz Huseyin

The DVLA has raised almost £22m over the last four and a half years selling driver information to parking enforcement firms. The figures, released by the agency in response to a Freedom of Information (FOI) request, showed that the amount had gone up each year from £2.9m in 2010-11 to £6m in 2013-14. For the six-month period from April to October this year the DVLA received £4.2m. The DVLA sells the data for £2.50... continue

Over 100 entries compete for British Parking Awards glory

Over 100 entries compete for British Parking Awards glory

Innovative thinking and a commitment to best practice are very much in evidence in the 100-plus entries we have received for this year’s British Parking Awards. The challenge facing the jury over the next two months will be whittling down this impressive list of entries into a short list which will be debated at length. The winners, to be revealed by Paralympian and TV presenter Ade Adepitan in London on 6 March, will repr... continue

Operational

Edinburgh to extend 20mph limit to 80% of road network
Patrick McDonnell

A 20mph speed limit is to cover more than 80% of Edinburgh’s roads, including the whole of the city centre. Edinburgh City Council said the changes would be phased in from the end of the 2015, with a 20mph limit on... continue

Business News
Free Saturday parking for St Helens shoppers

Free Saturday parking for St Helens shoppers
APCOA Parking (UK) staff fronted a council initiative to increase the number of visits to St Helens town centre. Throughout December, APCOA’s... continue

BPA terminates GB Parking Solutions’ membership
The British Parking Association (BPA) has terminated GB Parking Solutions' membership after the Birmingham-based company amassed 12 sanction points... continue

CMA approves Marston acquisition of Collectica
The purchase of debt recovery company Collectica by the Marston Group has been given the green light by the Competition and Mergers Authority (CMA).... continue

Town Centre Car Parks rebrands as CitiPark
Town Centre Car Parks (TCCP) has been rebranded as CitiPark, marking the company’s intention to expand its portfolio nationwide. TCCP’s... continue

APCOA Parking Group refinancing finalised
APCOA Parking Group has completed its financial restructuring on a consensual basis with key lenders. The group’s balance sheet has now been... continue

JustPark signs Alphabet deal
Business mobility company Alphabet has teamed up with online parking provider JustPark. Employees of Alphabet’s clients get a discount on... continue

3M closes parking payment systems division
US manufacturing group 3M has closed its Global Parking Access and Revenue Control division, stating the business did not meet its expectations. The... continue

Circontrol to focus on electric vehicle charging
Spanish technology firm Circontrol has sold off its Fire Detection Division to focus on electric vehicle recharging and car parking systems. The Fire... continue

Enforcement News

Traffic Penalty Tribunal hears Dartford crossing appeals
The Traffic Penalty Tribunal (TPT), the body that deals with appeals against parking and bus lane penalties in England and Wales outside London, is... continue

Portsmouth seizes Blue Badge abusers’ cars in major swoop
Deniz Huseyin
Portsmouth City Council seized four cars and confiscated eight Blue Badges during a two-day operation to target fine evaders and disabled badge... continue

Firefighters in East Sussex raise awareness on fire hydrants
Patrick McDonnell
East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service (ESFRS) is raising awareness about about the dangers of blocking access to fire hydrants. The service said that... continue

Fire appliances blocked by badly parked cars
Patrick McDonnell
Firefighters in Sheffield have been prevented from bringing their fire engines to a house fire because of badly parked cars. For example crews from... continue

Guernsey to charge for long stay parking and CO2 emissions
Proposals to charge Guernsey motorists for parking based on the width and CO2 emissions of vehicles have been released by the Environment... continue

IPC to set up independent appeals service in Scotland
Deniz Huseyin
A new appeals service will allow drivers in Scotland to challenge private land parking charge notices. From April solicitors and barristers in... continue

Fine evasion levels are ‘unacceptable’, says watchdog
Deniz Huseyin
The level of unpaid fines in Northern Ireland has reached £19m, of which £6.5m has been written off. The fines are issued by Courts,... continue

Stoke council combats dangerous parking outside schools
Patrick McDonnell
More than 150 penalty charge notices have been issued to drivers parking dangerously outside schools in Stoke. A CCTV car has been deployed by... continue

HGV taskforce targets unsafe vehicles in London
Deniz Huseyin
More than 1,000 fixed penalty notices have been issued to the drivers of unsafe and non-compliant heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) in London. The... continue

Leicester considers pavement parking pilot
Patrick McDonnell
Leicester City Council is considering trialling a pavement parking ban in four areas. The city mayor Paul Soulsby will decide next month whether or... continue

Sheffield CEOs to get bodycams
Deniz Huseyin
Parking patrols in Sheffield are to be equipped with ‘bodycams’ after a rise in incidents of verbal and physical abuse. Sheffield City... continue

Parking Policy

NSL to support Alzheimer’s Society

NSL has chosen the Alzheimer’s Society as its official charity for 2015. The charity won out over a list of charities that the company’s 5,250 staff were asked to vote on. The Alzheimer’s Society is proving... continue

Crime

West Sussex Trading Standards warns against rogue 'meet & greet' companies
Patrick McDonnell
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Construction
New Bailey car park opens for business in Salford

New Bailey car park opens for business in Salford
Patrick McDonnell

English Cities Fund (ECf) and National Car Parks (NCP) have launched a £12m multi-storey car park for the New Bailey scheme in Salford, Greater Manchester. The 620-space car park, which opened on 9 December, was funded... continue

Developments
Guildford rail station parking plans revealed

Guildford rail station parking plans revealed
A 440-space multi-storey car park forms part of a £150m scheme plan to regenerate Guildford’s railway station. The plans have been... continue

Asda accused of breaching planning by offering free parking in Chorley
Deniz Huseyin
Chorley Council has accused the retailer Asda of breaching a planning agreement by allowing customers to park free of charge at a town centre store.... continue

Park & Ride

Reading commuters to get two new P&Rs
Two new park & ride sites will be built for commuters travelling between Reading and Wokingham. The new facilities – at Mereoak, just south... continue

People News
Findlay heads up Redbridge parking

Findlay heads up Redbridge parking
Cameron Findlay has moved from West Suffolk Parking Services to become parking manager at the London Borough of Redbridge. At West Suffolk he was... continue

Total Car Parks expands back office team

Total Car Parks expands back office team
Total Car Parks has been expanding its administration team. In November Theresa Magson joined as new business administrator and Laura Garner as... continue

Hammersmith & Fulham’s Ahmed to join TfL team

Hammersmith & Fulham’s Ahmed to join TfL team
Deniz Huseyin
Hammersmith & Fulham’s parking projects and policy manager Naveed Ahmed is to join the strategy planning division at Transport for London... continue

Bevan leaves PayPoint to work with Barbour Logic

Bevan leaves PayPoint to work with Barbour Logic
Mark Moran
Robin Bevan has left phone parking provider PayPoint Mobile and Online to take up a role with parking IT specialist Barbour Logic. Bevan will become... continue

Awards
Stratford International wins Disabled Parking Award

Stratford International wins Disabled Parking Award
Patrick McDonnell
Stratford International Station’s multi-storey car park has received the Disabled Parking Award (DPA) following an assessment by the charity... continue