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Issue 280 - 31 July 2015: News

PATAS renamed London Tribunals

The capital’s Parking and Traffic Appeals Service (PATAS) has been renamed London Tribunals. The new service supports two separate teams, as before, which have been renamed Environment & Traffic Adjudicators and Road User Charging Adjudicators. The service has moved to Chancery Exchange, 10 Furnival Street, London EC4A 1AB, with the new hearing centre opening on 13 July. Caroline Hamilton remains chief adjudicator of the service. A... continue

Beavis puts himself forward as government parking ‘tsar’

Beavis puts himself forward as government parking ‘tsar’
Deniz Huseyin

Barry Beavis, the chip shop owner whose legal battle against a private land parking charge goes to the Supreme Court next week, has volunteered his services to the government as a parking ‘tsar’ to lead the reform of the private parking industry. He has called on Greg Clark, the minister for Communities and Local Government, to ensure the private parking industry is regulated. Beavis says there are currently “multiple codes of... continue

Mole Valley says free parking plan at odds with sustainable transport aims

Mole Valley says free parking plan at odds with sustainable transport aims
Deniz Huseyin

Plans to introduce 30 minutes’ free parking across the district of Mole Valley, Surrey, have been rejected by councillors. The motion was put forward by the leader of the opposition, Liberal Democrat leader Stephen Cooksey, but was defeate... continue

Operational

Online service tells drivers location of towed vehicles
The owners of illegally parked vehicles that have been removed anywhere in the capital can now find out their location by using an online service.... continue

BPA offers advice on body worn video
The British Parking Association (BPA) has produced some advice on the use of body worn video in the parking sector. The information note covers the... continue

Traffic Management

Hackney's ‘parklet’ turns parking bay into social space
Patrick McDonnell
The UK’s first San Francisco-style ‘parklet’ has been installed in the London Borough of Hackney. The parklet has been installed on... continue

Freight organisations call for action on lorry parking on both sides of Channel
Mark Moran
The massive delays caused to cross-Channel freight and tourist traffic has led the government to examine ideas such as using Ministry of Defence... continue

Business News
Siemens buys traffic enforcement specialist Zenco Systems

Siemens buys traffic enforcement specialist Zenco Systems
Siemens has acquires UK enforcement provider Zenco Systems. The companies have worked on a number of joint technology projects in the UK, including... continue

University of York quits BPA operator scheme for IPC
The Independent Parking Committee, a trade association for organisations operating parking on private land, has revealed that three organisations,... continue

HMRC to crack down on 'hidden economy'
Internet companies may have to provide HM Revenues & Customs with more information on people and businesses that sell goods and services... continue

Assist-Mi app raises £50k via Kickstarter

Assist-Mi app raises £50k via Kickstarter
Assist-Mi, an app that provides assistance to disabled people when they are travelling, has raised over £50,000 via a Kickstarter crowdfunding... continue

Enforcement News
Kensington & Chelsea to tackle Knightsbridge ‘supercars’

Kensington & Chelsea to tackle Knightsbridge ‘supercars’
Deniz Huseyin
A crackdown on the anti-social drivers of ‘supercars’ in Knightsbridge is being proposed by the Royal Borough of Kensington &... continue

Anna Tendant writes (geddit?)
A local authority parking team is using a blog written from the perspective of a civil enforcement officer as a way to educate motorists and give a... continue

Citizens Advice Scotland gets legal advice on private parking
Legal advice prepared for Citizens Advice Scotland suggests that parking charge notices of around £100 issued on private land are not legally... continue

London embassies owe £320k in unpaid parking penalties

London embassies owe £320k in unpaid parking penalties
Diplomatic missions and international organisations in the UK amassed 5,307 parking fines, totalling £536,289. This figure is dwarfed by 12... continue

Hackney's civil enforcement officers go in strike
Mark Moran
Civil enforcement officers will not be patrolling the streets of Hackney in East London on 3-4 August as they strike a dispute over pay and... continue

Parking Policy
BPA unveils its latest Master Plan for Parking

BPA unveils its latest Master Plan for Parking
The British Parking Association has announced its intention to develop a new professionalism accreditation for the parking sector. The... continue

Government launches £20m fund for competitive driverless car projects
Mark Moran
The government has  a £20m competitive fund for collaborative research and development into driverless vehicles, along with a code of... continue

New House of Commons Transport Committee named

New House of Commons Transport Committee named
Labour MP Louise Ellman has been re-elected as chair of the House of Commons’ Transport Committee. The committee’s remit covers all... continue

BPA wants to see parking across Scotland decriminalised
Civil parking enforcement should be introduced across Scotland, the British Parking Association says in its latest Master Plan for Parking in... continue

Research will fill holes in parking knowledge, says BPA

Research will fill holes in parking knowledge, says BPA
The British Parking Association has identified areas of research relating to parking from the UK and Europe where it believes further study would... continue

Demand for cycle parking at rail stations is rising, says ATOC's Haig
Deniz Huseyin
The number of cycle parking spaces at UK rail stations is set to reach 75,000 next year, more than three times the 2009/10 level, said Conrad Haigh,... continue

Private Members Bill proposes free hospital parking for carers
Mark Moran
A Private Members’ Bill seeking to make carers exempt from hospital parking fees has been presented to Parliament. The Bill has been tabled by... continue

Council parking spending has fallen by 8% since 2010, says LGA

Council parking spending has fallen by 8% since 2010, says LGA
Local government spending on parking has fallen by around 8%, according to new data released by the Local Government Association. The LGA has created... continue

Crime

Smart Parking manager gets 18 months for theft
David Edmeades, a former manager at Smart Parking, has been jailed for 18 months after he admitted to embezzling £45,000 from the company over... continue

Spate of P&D vandal attacks disrupts enforcement in Cardigan

Spate of P&D vandal attacks disrupts enforcement in Cardigan
Deniz Huseyin
Businesses in the west Wales town of Cardigan have reported a rise in trade after vandalism destroyed seven off-street pay & display machines... continue

Lack of secure parking for HGVs fuels crime wave, says RHA
Deniz Huseyin
A lack of secure lorry parking along a stretch of the A1 in Nottinghamshire has made it a crime hotspot, according to the Road Haulage Association... continue

Park & Ride

Chancellor Osborne spells out scale of cuts

The Chancellor George Osborne has ordered government departments to plan ways to cut up to 40% from their budgets by 2019-20 in a bid to find an additional £20bn savings in public spending.  Announcing the annual spending review process in Parliament on 21 July, the Chancellor George Osborne launched the Treasury’s Spending Review 2015 process, in which the Conservatives will seek to deliver a budget surplus by 2019/20 by... continue

People News

David Graaff joins the executive board of JBW Group
David Graaff has joined debt recovery specialist JBW as business development director after a 30-year career in local government, both in the public... continue

Angela Reeves leaves PayByPhone to join RingGo team

Angela Reeves leaves PayByPhone to join RingGo team
Angela Reeves has left PayByPhone to join the UK division of rival Parkmobile as an account manager supporting the RingGo cashless parking service.... continue

Russell Roberts is Stoke-on-Trent's parking enforcement manager
Russell Roberts has become parking enforcement manager for Stoke-on-Trent City Council.  He assumed the position in March after spending over... continue

Surveyor Richard Ofield launches parking consultancy

Surveyor Richard Ofield launches parking consultancy
A surveyor from Derby has set up a commercial property company focussing exclusively on the car parking sector. Richard Ofield has launched Park... continue

Andrew Pester starts work as BPA's first chief operating officer

Andrew Pester starts work as BPA's first chief operating officer
Andrew Pester has taken up his role as the new chief operating officer of the British Parking Association. The COO is a new role that will work... continue

Awards
APCOA backs Wanstead playground charity appeal

APCOA backs Wanstead playground charity appeal
A parking fine turned out to be a blessing in disguise for a charity raising money to renovate a children’s play area. Secretary of the... continue

IPI recognises the best and brightest parking in North America

IPI recognises the best and brightest parking in North America
Car parks decorated with paintings of penguins, clad in stained glass and showcasing ruined cottages have been recognised at a North American awards... continue

Green Parking Council recognises pioneering structures
The first US car parks to attain the Green Garage Certificate have been revealed by the Green Parking Council (GPC). Green Garage Certification is a... continue

APCOA Parking (UK), Makers and Q-Park short listed for European awards

APCOA Parking (UK), Makers and Q-Park short listed for European awards
Three British parking projects are competing for recognition in the European Parking Awards, with the winners to be announced in Berlin on 23... continue