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Issue 276 - 7 April 2015: News
DCLG takes charge of off-street parking policy

DCLG takes charge of off-street parking policy

Responsibility for off-street parking has been transferred from the Department for Transport (DfT) to the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), Prime Minister David Cameron announced on 12 March. In a written statement, the prime minister said that DCLG would oversee Schedule 4 of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 relating to the recovery of unpaid parking charges. Responsibility for those aspects of the Road Traffic... continue

Building a programme for Parking & Property 2015

Building a programme for Parking & Property 2015

The enforcement of parking on private land, the ‘Sharing Economy’, ‘Connected Cars’ the benchmarking of accessible parking bays and Life Care Plans are just some of the many themes being discussed at Parking & Property 2015.  The annual conference is the only UK event focussed purely on the off-street parking sector. The event is programmed by Mark Moran, editor of Parking Review, and Nigel Williams, ma... continue

DCLG launches off-street parking consultation

The government is looking at whether or not private parking companies should be banned from setting excessive charges for overstaying in parking bays. It is also considering the amount and type of data that the DVLA should be allowed to sell to private firms. The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) launched the consultation on tackling what it calls “unfair practices” in the off-street parking sector within days of... continue

DfT updates guidance on parking enforcement post-Deregulation Act

DfT updates guidance on parking enforcement post-Deregulation Act

The government has confirmed a major set of reforms to make parking policy in England more motorist-friendly via restrictions on camera enforcement by local authorities and a mandatory 10-minute grace period.  The use of CCTV parking enforcement will be restricted to no-parking areas around schools, at bus stops, bus lanes and Red Routes. The changes will be introduced under provisions in the Deregulation Bill, which passed its third... continue

Court of Appeal finds in favour of ParkingEye

The Court of Appeal has dismissed a case brought against private parking operator ParkingEye by a motorist who argued that levying an £85 charge for an hour’s overstay in a free was disproportionate and unlawful. Barry Beavis, the motorist, was issued with the parking charge notice (PCN) after he overstayed a two-hour limit at a retail park in Chelmsford during April 2013. ParkingEye, which is owed by Capita, ar... continue

Operational

Brighton removes half its P&D units
Half of Brighton & Hove’s on-street parking machines are to be removed as the city switches to paying by phone or in shops. The council is... continue

Traffic Management

Drivers and politicians have different transport priorities, RAC Foundation survey reveals
The public is concerned about the quality of roads, and potholes in particular, but congestion is the transport issue that most preoccupies national... continue

DfT awards £3.9m for door-to-door transport schemes

DfT awards £3.9m for door-to-door transport schemes
Deniz Huseyin
‘Door-to-door’ transport schemes that promote walking to school, car clubs and electric bike hire have been awarded £3.9m by the... continue

Business News

JustPark raises £3.7m via Crowdcube
Online parking market JustPark has raised a total of £3.7m via a crowdfunding campaign. The London-based company had originally sought to sell... continue

Peugeot Citroen teams up with Parkopedia
PSA Peugeot Citroen vehicles has added real-time car park location data provided by Parkopedia to the services supplied via its in-car MirrorLink... continue

New-look ‘tails’ design for £1 coin

New-look ‘tails’ design for £1 coin
The Royal Mint has unveiled the ‘tails’ design for the new £1 coin. The design by 15-year-old Walsall boy David Pearce features... continue

Birmingham hospital renews APCOA Parking’s contract
APCOA Parking (UK) has been awarded a new three-year parking management services’ contract by the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham.... continue

VINCI Park to run Milton Keynes Theatre's parking
Milton Keynes Council has extended its contract with VINCI Park UK to cover the management of the city’s multi-storey Theatre car park. Located... continue

Brighton MSCP sells for over £13m
Standard Life Investments UK Shopping Centre Trust has paid CP Holdings £13.3m for the lease of the Russell Road multi-storey car park in... continue

NCP extends membership discounts to airport users

NCP extends membership discounts to airport users
NCP has launched a member pricing offer across its airport portfolio, enabling regular leisure and business travellers to access additional discounts... continue

Marston wins two credit awards

Marston wins two credit awards
Debt recovery company Marston was awarded the Learning & Development Impact Award and the Best Use of Credit Technology Award at the 2015... continue

Enforcement News

Westminster to crack down on engine idling
Deniz Huseyin
Motorists in Westminster that leave their engine running while their vehicle is stationary will risk getting on-the-spot fines from May. Traffic... continue

Bexley looks at ANPR for park parking
The London Borough of Bexley is considering introducing charges in car parks serving two parks. The south-east London council is considering using... continue

Canterbury says TPT parking adjudicator is wrong on TROs
Deniz Huseyin
Canterbury City Council has rejected an adjudicator’s ruling that it had misinterpreted traffic regulation orders (TROs) for the St Lawrence... continue

‘Admin error’ invalidates fines issued at Hounslow attraction
Deniz Huseyin
All parking fines issued at the visitor attraction Chiswick House in west London are invalid due to “an administrative error”, the London... continue

Challenge the Fine petition backed by 45,000 people

Challenge the Fine petition backed by 45,000 people
An online campaign that is seeking to stop the DVLA selling vehicle keeper details to private parking companies has amassed over 45,000... continue

Ombudsman Services to run POPLA
The British Parking Association (BPA) has appointed Ombudsman Services to run POPLA (Parking on Private Land Appeals), the appeals service that... continue

Swansea quizzed over Blue Badge rejection rate
Patrick McDonnell
The Welsh Government is to investigate the high rejection rate of Blue Badge applications by Swansea City Council.  Figures obtained by Lib Dem... continue

Motorist fined £740 for Blue Badge fraud in Bolton
A court has ordered a motorist to pay £740 for the fraudulent use of a Blue Badge. The motorist, who failed to appear in court, was caught... continue

MP challenges ParkingEye over matchday signs
Patrick McDonnell
Matchday parking restrictions at a Stevenage retail park are confusing, causing motorists to be unfairly fined, according to MP Stephen... continue

Rapid response team patrols Enfield schools
Patrick McDonnell
Enfield Council has set up a ‘rapid response team’ to target drivers that park illegally outside schools. The team of moped-riding civil... continue

Rochdale school pupils give CCTV car a starring role

Rochdale school pupils give CCTV car a starring role
Rochdale Borough Council has let local school pupils name the ANPR-equipped ‘safety car’ which it uses to enforce parking restrictions... continue

Parking Policy

NHS parking guidelines published
The Department of Health has set out the principles that should govern the provision and management of hospital parking in a new Health Technical... continue

No 10-minute grace period for Wales and Scotland
Deniz Huseyin
A 10-minute grace period for parking overstays may have become law in England, but both the Welsh and Scottish governments stress they have no plans... continue

Car industry fights back against ‘demonisation’ of diesel

Car industry fights back against ‘demonisation’ of diesel
Car-makers have launched a campaign to counter attempts to discourage the use of diesel vehicles. Several London boroughs have introduced a surcharge... continue

Gaps in parking data need to be filled, says Transport Systems Catapult
Deniz Huseyin
A lack of real-time information about on-street parking bay availability is among the “gaps” in open data which is hindering the... continue

Crime
Sefton and NSL team up with Merseyside Police

Sefton and NSL team up with Merseyside Police
Sefton Council, Merseyside Police and NSL has signed a partnership agreement aimed at reducing anti-social behaviour. The Partnership Plus scheme... continue

Minicab driver jailed for assault on CEO

Minicab driver jailed for assault on CEO
A minicab driver has been jailed for nine months after he head-butted a civil enforcement officer in a dispute over where he had parked his car. The... continue

Construction
Thanet station will feature 300 parking bays

Thanet station will feature 300 parking bays
Patrick McDonnell
Designs for a new railway station in Thanet with links to London’s Stratford International include a 300-space car park. Over the past two... continue

Birmingham Airparks’ upgrade underway

Birmingham Airparks’ upgrade underway
Work has begun to enhance security and improve the customer experience at Birmingham Airparks. Self-service kiosks are being installed to supplement... continue

Builder sought for Worcester Parkway
Worcestershire County Council is inviting tenders to build Worcester Parkway, a new railway station located at the intersection of the Worcester to... continue

Heathrow opens new T5 business car park

Heathrow opens new T5 business car park
A new car park has been opened at Heathrow to meet demand for spaces from business travellers, who now make up a third of all journeys from the... continue

Developments
Scrap maximum parking standards in outer London, say GLA Tories

Scrap maximum parking standards in outer London, say GLA Tories
Maximum parking limits should be scrapped for new developments in outer London, says a new report from GLA Conservative Assembly member Steve... continue

People News
Parking attendant is 83 and still going strong

Parking attendant is 83 and still going strong
Total Car Parks attendant Alan Ketteon celebrated his 83rd birthday on 17 February with cakes, cards and congratulations from colleagues in... continue

Ponting joins Open Parking team

Ponting joins Open Parking team
Leighton Ponting is to spearhead the business development of Open Parking, a new parking management company set up by Imperial Civil Enforcement... continue

APCOA’s Carmarthen team supports local charities
APCOA Parking’s Commercial Parking Services team in Carmarthen let consumers donate unwanted clothes and gifts to local charities in exchange... continue

APCOA team go the extra smile for Comic Relief

APCOA team go the extra smile for Comic Relief
APCOA Parking (UK) customer service advisors at a Northamptonshire Hospital raised over £100 for Comic Relief on Red Nose Day. The team at... continue

Smart Parking names new CTO

Smart Parking names new CTO
John Heard has joined New Zealand-based Smart Parking as chief technical officer (CTO). Working at the company’s Auckland offices, he will lead... continue

Clark is Chesterfield's new CCTV and parking manager
Robert Clark is the new parking services and CCTV manager at Chesterfield Borough Council. Clark has had a range of roles in authority parking... continue

Holiday Extras is a nice place to work, says Sunday Times
Travel support services company Holiday Extras was ranked fifth in the annual Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to Work For list, which was revealed at... continue