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Issue 275 - 28 February 2015: News
NoToMob letter asks councils to end BPA membership

NoToMob letter asks councils to end BPA membership

Parking campaigners NoToMob have written to all local authority members of the British Parking Association (BPA) calling on them to consider ending subscriptions to the parking body. Some 246 local authorities are currently members of the BPA. Councils have paid over £750,000 in membership fees over the past four years, according to figures the BPA released to NoToMob. The association has defended itelf, arguing it is a not-for-profit body... continue

JustPark raises over £1.8m using crowdfunding campaign

JustPark raises over £1.8m using crowdfunding campaign

JustPark, the London-based online parking market, has raised over £1.8m to expand its business using an online crowdfunding website. JustPark, which initially wanted to raise £1m for a 4.76% equity stake, raised around £500,000 in the first 12 hours via Crowdcube on 13 February.  By 27 February JustPark had attracted £1.8m from 2,467 investors for an 8.3% equity stake. The minimum investment is £10, with the... continue

RAC Foundation publishes legal opinion on private parking

RAC Foundation publishes legal opinion on private parking
Deniz Huseyin

Parking charge notices issued to motorists on private land are out of proportion to the losses suffered by landholders, which means they are not enforceable, according to a new report by the RAC Foundation.  Some parking enforcement firms pay landowners to allow them to enforce parking restrictions on their property, says the report. The organisation says arrangement results in “zealous enforcement using methods that ensure the... continue

All eyes now on Court of Appeal as judges consider private parking case

All eyes now on Court of Appeal as judges consider private parking case

Motorists, parking companies and  property owners are all awaiting the verdict in what could prove to be a landmark court ruling on the enforcement of parking on private land. A test case, currently under consideration at the Court of Appeal, will determine if parking charge notices issued on private land represent a breach of contract.  The hearing at the Court of Appeal on 24 February was attended by representatives of parking... continue

Which? joins Beavis legal challenge

A High Court challenge against the legality of parking tickets issued on private land by enforcement firms has received backing from consumer body Which?  The panel of judges – Lord Justice Moore-Blick, Lord Justice Patten and Judge Sir Timothy Lloyd – are considering if parking charge notices issued on private land represent a genuine loss of earnings for landowners.  The test case has been taken to the Appeal Court by... continue

Operational

Street parking charges reintroduced in Halifax
Patrick McDonnell
Parking charges have been reintroduced in Halifax town centre after it was revealed that no on-street penalty charge notices issued over the previous... continue

Free parking helps boost Northampton retail
Patrick McDonnell
The introduction of a free parking offer in Northampton has helped to reduce the downturn of people visiting the town’s shops, new figures... continue

Resident charge hike plan dropped by Northamptonshire
A proposal to double the cost of parking permits in Northamptonshire has been withdrawn after opposition from local residents. Last year the County... continue

Glasgow nurses petition for more parking at new hospital

Glasgow nurses petition for more parking at new hospital
Patrick McDonnell
Nursing staff have collected thousands of signatures on a petition calling for more parking provision at the soon to be opened £842m South... continue

Yeovil hospital opts for ANPR over barriers

Yeovil hospital opts for ANPR over barriers
Patrick McDonnell
Yeovil District Hospital has streamlined parking operations  by removing the original barrier system at its main car park and replacing it with... continue

MP raises concerns over rail parking in Parliament

MP raises concerns over rail parking in Parliament
Robert Halfon, Conservative MP for Harlow in Essex, is calling for a House of Commons investigation into the enforcement practices of NCP at Harlow... continue

Glasgow PCN income rises by 10%
Patrick McDonnell
Income from penalty charge notices (PCNs) issued in Glasgow has increased by around 10% between April 2013 and March last year. These figures were... continue

NI councils get control of car parks
The Northern Ireland assembly has passed the final stage of the Off-Street Parking Bill, which transfers control of off-street car parks to 11 new... continue

Traffic Management
Is it time for wider bays as standard?

Is it time for wider bays as standard?
The average size of parking bays needs to increase to match the increasing width of cars, says Harrison Woods, managing director of online parking... continue

Business News
NSL appoints new chief executive

NSL appoints new chief executive
Parking enforcement firm NSL has appointed Adam Palser as its new chief executive. Palser joins the company from international defence and security... continue

VINCI Park Group makes €900m offer for Empark
French-based VINCI Park Group is set to pay around €900m (£654m) for the Portuguese operator Empark. Negotiations between the companies... continue

Alpha Parking marks first decade with a rebrand
Alpha Parking has adopted a new logo and relaunched its website to mark its tenth anniversary. Penny Winder, director of Alpha Parking, said:... continue

NSL to pay Birmingham CEOs the National Living Wage

NSL to pay Birmingham CEOs the National Living Wage
Deniz Huseyin
Civil enforcement officers in Birmingham have been given a 20% rise under the city council’s policy that all new contracts must guarantee that... continue

Drivers can now rent private driveways via Parkopedia with 0% booking fee

Drivers can now rent private driveways via Parkopedia with 0% booking fee
Parkopedia, the online parking service, is now enabling drivers to access private driveways registered on its database of parking spaces without... continue

YourParkingSpace picks up Bargain Parking
Online parking market YourParkingSpace has acquired driveway parking site Bargain Parking. Over 95% of Bargain Parking’s coverage is in the... continue

Enforcement News

1,100 unregistered foreign vehicles seized by DVLA, HMRC and police
Over 1,100 foreign registered vehicles being used illegally in the UK have been seized since the DVLA changed its enforcement process to work with... continue

Parking Policy
Union boss slams rail parking costs

Union boss slams rail parking costs
The head of the train drivers’ union has accused train operating companies (TOCs) of driving up the cost of parking for passengers.  Mick... continue

‘Responsible parking’ bill heading to Scottish Parliament
Patrick McDonnell
Sandra White MSP is preparing to put forward proposals for a responsible parking bill in the Scottish Parliament. The bill would enforce restrictions... continue

Spotlight on Parking event looks at CCTV and sensors
‘Parking, the next mile’ is the theme of this year’s Spotlight on Parking, a free half-day seminar run by the London Borough of... continue

Call to allow ‘tired drivers’ to rest at M-way services

Call to allow ‘tired drivers’ to rest at M-way services
Patrick McDonnell
An MP and a road safety charity are arguing that tired drivers should not have to pay for vital and life-saving rest breaks at motorway service... continue

Crime
Police checkpoints target increase in keyless car thefts

Police checkpoints target increase in keyless car thefts
Mark Moran
Over 350 officers from the Metropolitan Police and Home Counties police forces targeted vehicle thieves operating in the south-east of England last... continue

Safer Parking
Coventry SkyDome car park secured by APCOA

Coventry SkyDome car park secured by APCOA
APCOA Parking (UK)’s SkyDome multi-storey car park in Coventry has been awarded a Park Mark under the Safer Parking Scheme. The car park on... continue

Construction
Centro commissions new Four Ways car park

Centro commissions new Four Ways car park
A new parking deck at the Four Oaks railway station will be built for West Midlands integrated transport authority Centro by design & build... continue

Park & Ride
Cambridgeshire considers busway parking charges

Cambridgeshire considers busway parking charges
Patrick McDonnell
Proposals to introduce parking charges at two guided busway sites in Cambridgeshire have been condemned by bus users. Concerned passengers expressed... continue

People News
Westminster's Johnson becomes Smart Parking's head of technology

Westminster's Johnson becomes Smart Parking's head of technology
Lewis Johnson has been named Smart Parking’s new head of technology for the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) regions.  Johnson was... continue

Project Centre promotes Cozens
Adam Cozens has been promoted to the role of project director at consultant The Project Centre, which provides a range of urban design, traffic... continue

VINCI Park UK brings in Burns

VINCI Park UK brings in Burns
VINCI Park UK has appointed Phil Burns as its head of business development. Burns has worked in the parking sector for over 14 years, holding senior... continue

Northern Irish attendants gain life-saving skills
Two NSL traffic attendants (TAs) in Northern Ireland have undergone a life-saving defibrillator training course.  Geoffrey Johnston and Julie... continue