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Issue 264 - 28 March 2014: News
Parking & Property 2014 speakers revealed

Parking & Property 2014 speakers revealed

Parking & Property is the only conference dedicated to off-street parking. This Parking Review event, which is now in its fourth year, is a forum for debate and sharing best practice among public and private sector car park owners and operators, developers, planners and companies supplying design and equipment services. The theme of this year’s event is “Smarter Car Parks”, with a focus on the latest technology, design... continue

Enforcement Summit 2014: Join the great debate

Enforcement Summit 2014: Join the great debate

The government’s proposal to ban the use of CCTV cameras to enforce parking offences will be a key area of debate at the 8th annual Enforcement Summit 2014, which takes place in London on 9 April. The Parking Review conference and exhibition will look at regulating parking in safety-sensitive areas such as roads around schools, managing the often conflicting needs of different road users, residents and businesses and the confusing a... continue

Minister: Opinion divided on proposals to make parking fairer for motorists

Minister: Opinion divided on proposals to make parking fairer for motorists
Lee Baker

Transport minister Robert Goodwill has told MPs that opinion is divided on some of the Department for Transport's proposals designed to make parking enforcement fairer for motorists. The minister made this statement during a debate on the Transport Select Committee's recent report on parking enforcement held at Westminster yesterday. Goodwill said that he... continue

Councils, charities and school bodies lobby DfT for group to review CCTV enforcement

Councils, charities and school bodies lobby DfT for group to review CCTV enforcement
Mark Moran

Road safety campaigners, schools, disability and pedestrian charities and transport groups have joined councils in warning the government against plans to ban CCTV parking cameras. The Local Government Association has sent a letter to the Department for Transport which calls for the gov... continue

Operational

Council pays refunds over ‘confusing' parking signs
Patrick McDonnell
Confusion over signs at a car park has resulted in the Cheshire West and Chester Council refunding motorists issued with parking fines. Northwich... continue

BPA teams up with Motability
The British Parking Association (BPA) has joined forces with Motability to make it easier to deter the misuse of Blue Badges intended for disabled... continue

Purple Parking admits discrimination against older staff drivers at employment tribunal
Off-airport parking operator Purple Parking admitted to age discrimination against its workers after dismissing over 20 shuttle bus and chauffeur... continue

NSL keeps track of 1,300 London CEOs from the ROC

NSL keeps track of 1,300 London CEOs from the ROC
Parking contractor NSL has opened a central operations centre to manage radio communications with 1,100 civil enforcement officers (CEOs) working on... continue

Plymouth parking officer gives baby kiss of life
A Plymouth City Council parking officer saved a baby’s life by administering mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.  Roger Kerrison, who works in... continue

Cornwall’s ‘no change’ pay & display machines made an extra £300k a year

Cornwall’s ‘no change’ pay & display machines made an extra £300k a year
Cornwall Council made an extra £300,000 because its parking machines do not give change, a Freedom of Information (FoI) request has revealed.... continue

Bradford reviews councillor perks
Bradford Council is conducting a review of councillors’ expenses, which could cut how much they are reimbursed for parking costs. The move... continue

Business News
NSL wins new style Westminster  on-street staff and tech contracts

NSL wins new style Westminster on-street staff and tech contracts
Deniz Huseyin

Westminster City Council has awarded parking contractor NSL a pair of four-year contracts covering the provision of parking staff and parking technology. Both contracts will include the option of a two-year extension. Under... continue

PayByPhone buys Adaptis Solutions

PayByPhone buys Adaptis Solutions

Adaptis Solutions, a supplier of cashless payment services, has been acquired by PayPoint, owner of the PayByPhone service. Adaptis has developed Dash, a transactional processing platform that allows merchants to accept... continue

Enforcement News
Ban on parking CCTV enforcement not a foregone conclusion, says DfT minister

Ban on parking CCTV enforcement not a foregone conclusion, says DfT minister
Mark Moran

Roads minister Robert Goodwill has played down the prospect of an outright ban on the use of CCTV to enforce on-street parking in an address to the parking sector. The government expressed an intention to ban the use of CCTV... continue

Westminster to reduce use of parking cameras
Deniz Huseyin

Westminster City Council has pledged to further reduce the number of fixed CCTV cameras used to enforce single yellow lines. The number of  parking enforcement cameras has already dropped from 179 to 50, the authority... continue

Parking Policy
MP loses bid to stop DVLA selling driver details

MP loses bid to stop DVLA selling driver details
Patrick McDonnell

The government has rejected a Conservative MP’s call for an end to the policy that allows the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) to sell drivers’ private details to parking enforcement... continue

Crime

Fraudsters using bogus PCNs
Patrick McDonnell
Fraudsters are sending bogus emails that demand payment for fictitious parking offences.  The fake email, from... continue

Driver who fled UK to stand trial
Deniz Huseyin
A motorist who fled to Slovakia after driving over a civil enforcement officer’s foot has been tracked down by West Midlands Police and brought... continue

Community service for CEO attacker
A man has been given a community sentence after admitting assaulting a civil enforcement officer (CEO) in east London. O’Neil Small pleaded... continue

Fine for man who assaulted CEO
An unemployed dockworker has been fined for abusing a civil enforcement officer (CEO) in Sunderland city centre. Kirby Bleasdale swore at CEO Neil... continue

Safer Parking

APCOA retains Horseferry Road Park Mark
APCOA Parking (UK) has retained the Safer Parking Award at its Horseferry Road Car Park in south-west London. The 330-space underground car park... continue

Construction
Q-Park to create lift access at Oxford Street car park

Q-Park to create lift access at Oxford Street car park

Q-Park has received permission to improve disabled access to its underground site serving Oxford Street in London’s West End. The company took over the management of the Oxford Street car park in 2011 as part of a long lease deal covering Westminster City Council sites. Over the past two years it has been designing a new customer access route via the installation of a lift. Westminster City Council has now approved Q-Park’s plans,... continue

Park & Ride

New £3.8m park & ride for County Antrim
Proposals to build a £3.8m park & ride facility at Ballymartin, in County Antrim, have been given the go-ahead. Work on the scheme will... continue

People News

POPLA scrutiny board named
An Independent Scrutiny Board for the Parking Appeals on Private Land (POPLA) service has been named. The board, which comprises people with legal,... continue

Edmunds joins team at CP Plus
Kevin Edmunds has joined parking management company CP Plus as business development manager. Prior to joining CP Plus he was a commercial development... continue

Former Sun editor MacKenzie stands in local elections on parking issues
Patrick McDonnell
Contentious former editor of the Sun tabloid, Kelvin MacKenzie is seeking to become a Surrey councillor in the May local elections. Mackenzie plans... continue

Awards
End of tax discs will make it harder for councils to challenge appeals

End of tax discs will make it harder for councils to challenge appeals
Deniz Huseyin
After road tax discs are scrapped on 1 October it will be harder for parking authorities to confirm that a penalty charge notice was issued to the... continue