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Dangerous Rides

Dangerous Rides
Deniz Huseyin

This issue probes the shady world of pedicab operators that are plying their trade in London’s West End. Westminster council reveals that many of these three-wheelers are not roadworthy and ridden by people unfit to be transporting passengers. As the images in our feature show, the cabs are... continue

23 Feb 2010Parking Review Supplements
Bolland's tour of duty

Bolland's tour of duty

Having entered local government in 1997 to work predominantly in road safety, I was... continue

30 Sep 2009Parking Review Xtra
Smarter collection for difficult times

Smarter collection for difficult times

Since the start of this recession, I’ve lost count of the number of times people have told me: “You must be doing well in the current... continue

30 Sep 2009Parking Review Xtra
Golden years: Alan Jacobs interviewed

Golden years: Alan Jacobs interviewed

The Enforcers: How did it all start? Alan Jacobs: Back in 1958 I had just left the army after three years’ national service and was working... continue

30 Sep 2009Parking Review Xtra
More lean, less mean

More lean, less mean

Transport for London (TfL) is planning a radical overhaul of how it runs its... continue

29 Sep 2009Parking Review Xtra
Spotlight on the 'dark side'

Spotlight on the 'dark side'

When I first joined the ‘dark side’, I was only too aware that bailiffs and enforcement agents were... continue

29 Sep 2009Parking Review Xtra
Rogue riders: The 'pedicab' menace

Rogue riders: The 'pedicab' menace
Deniz Huseyin

Hordes of pedicabs touting for business have become a familiar sight in London’s West End. On... continue

29 Sep 2009Parking Review Xtra
New training vision for High Court enforcement officers

New training vision for High Court enforcement officers

High Court enforcement agency Shergroup has joined forces with the Institute of Credit Management (ICM) to develop a training programme for its team members and High Court enforcement officers. The programme, which... continue

28 Sep 2009Parking Review Xtra
High Court officers group on the move

High Court officers group on the move

The High Court Enforcement Officer’s Association (HCEOA) has moved to new premises in central London. This follows the appointment of Vernon... continue

28 Sep 2009Parking Review Xtra

Swift retains court service contract

Bailiff company Swift Credit Services has retained the contract to recover unpaid fines on behalf of Her Majesty’s Court Service (HMCS) in Wales. Swift has been working for the HMCS for the past five years. The new contract, which begins in December, will run for three years with the option... continue

28 Sep 2009Parking Review Xtra
Hawk eyes scan bus lanes

Hawk eyes scan bus lanes

A new innovation is to be used to identify motorists who wrongly use bus lanes in Essex. The... continue

28 Sep 2009Parking Review Xtra
Assaults of patrol staff will not be tolerated, warns Haringey

Assaults of patrol staff will not be tolerated, warns Haringey

Haringey council has pledged that it will take legal action against anyone assaulting civil enforcement officers (CEOs) while at work. The warning follows a spate of attacks — 17 in the last three months — and the prosecution last... continue

25 Sep 2009Parking Review Xtra

Swoops target suspect minicab firms

A multi-agency operation is targeting illegal and nuisance mini cabs in Islington. Residents and businesses had complained of unroadworthy vehicles, misuse of blue badges, illegal parking in residents’ bays and on yellow lines, and littering. The London borough’s parking services... continue

25 Sep 2009Parking Review Xtra

Motoring litterbugs to get £100 penalty

People who drop litter from motor vehicles could face £100 penalty charge notices if the environment secretary approves a proposal from London Councils. The penalties agreed under the London Local Authorities Act 2007 follow a London-wide consultation with residents and boroughs. Most people... continue

25 Sep 2009Parking Review Xtra

Andy Drane retires from SIA

Andy Drane, director of compliance and enforcement at the Security Industry Authority (SIA) is to retire at the end of September. Drane is credited with implementing regulation of the private security industry throughout the UK. He established a successful strategy and record for compliance and... continue

25 Sep 2009Parking Review Xtra

Police ‘steal’ items from parked cars

Police in Richmond-upon-Thames are using shock tactics to warn motorists of the dangers of leaving their parked cars unlocked — by breaking into them and taking the valuables. Undercover officers replace the valuables with a note telling vehicle owners which police station their possessions... continue

24 Sep 2009Parking Review Xtra

Catalytic converter thefts soar in Surrey

Drivers in Surrey are being warned to make regular safety checks on their vehicles after a spate of catalytic converter thefts in the county. Thieves have been targeting commercial and 4X4 vehicles with higher ground clearance and easier underside access, said Surrey Police. The rise in such thefts... continue

24 Sep 2009Parking Review Xtra

Discarding butts to cost smokers £75

Smokers in Haringey are being warned that if they drop their cigarette butts on the streets they could face a fixed penalty notice of £75. Since the introduction of the smoking ban in public places in England in July 2007 more people are smoking in the street and discarding their cigarette... continue

24 Sep 2009Parking Review Xtra

JBW offers job opportunities

Bailiff?firm JBW is running a recruitment drive for new enforcement agents, and plans to hire 30 trainees by the end of this year. In the wake of the downturn, JBW said it has received an influx of applications from those in the banking industry. Among the latest crop of trainee enforcement agents... continue

24 Sep 2009Parking Review Xtra

Road safety, bus and cycle schemes face axe

Schemes promoting road safety, cycling and bus priority projects across England are under threat amid fears that the government is preparing to slash its £2.1bn local transport budget. The County Surveyors’ Society (CSS), which represents local transport officials, said that councils... continue

23 Sep 2009Parking Review Xtra
CCTV cameras fall foul of new pixel rule

CCTV cameras fall foul of new pixel rule

The network of wireless CCTV traffic cameras used by Westminster City Council has to be upgraded to comply with new Department for Transport (DfT) rules.... continue

23 Sep 2009Parking Review Xtra
USA stands firm in refusal to pay congestion charge

USA stands firm in refusal to pay congestion charge

The dispute between the US State Department and Transport for London (TfL) over the non-payment of congestion charges and fines by the US Embassy is set to continue. The US Embassy now owes more than... continue

23 Sep 2009Parking Review Xtra

‘Level of requests to spy on public is still excessive’

Over 1,500 surveillance requests a day were made during 2008, according to the annual report of the Office of Surveillance Commissioners. Councils, police and the intelligence services asked more than 500,000 times for approval to access private email and phone data, the report states, prompting... continue

23 Sep 2009Parking Review Xtra
Swindon cameras turned off in road safety re-think

Swindon cameras turned off in road safety re-think

Wiltshire County Council has switched off road safety cameras in Swindon as part of a re-think on how best to combat road accidents. The five cameras were positioned on three of Swindon’s... continue

22 Sep 2009Parking Review Xtra

‘Police will misuse powers to issue on-the-spot fines’, say magistrates

Proposals to allow police officers to issue on-the-spot fines for careless driving have been criticised by magistrates. The Magistrates’ Association was responding to a Department for Transport (DfT) consultation on proposed road safety measures, including powers to impose £60 fixed... continue

22 Sep 2009Parking Review Xtra
‘Speeding accepted as normal by government’, say Lib Dems

‘Speeding accepted as normal by government’, say Lib Dems

The government appears to have accepted that current speed limits are too low, according to Liberal Democratic shadow transport secretary Norman Baker. He referred to Department for Transport (DfT) road statistics for 2008,... continue

22 Sep 2009Parking Review Xtra

20mph plan for Glasgow’s streets

Glasgow City Council’s executive committee has approved plans for 20mph zones in residential areas across the city. The council’s health commission said there was clear evidence that this would save young lives, reduce the severity of injuries and prevent accidents in our more deprived... continue

22 Sep 2009Parking Review Xtra
London PCN issue rates down 11%

London PCN issue rates down 11%

The number of penalty charge notices (PCNs) issued to drivers in the capital has fallen by 11% in the last financial year,... continue

21 Sep 2009Parking Review Xtra

Camden PCN levels drop 20%

Nearly 85,000 fewer PCNS were issued in the Camden last year —?a drop of over 20%, according to figures released by London Councils. The number of PCNs issued dropped from 404,674 in 2007/08 to 320,304 in 2008/09. Other statistics in the report showed that moving traffic offences, such as... continue

21 Sep 2009Parking Review Xtra

Towaway pilot to target persistent evaders of penalties

Five London boroughs are to remove vehicles owned by persistent evaders of fines even if they are legally parked. Under the six-month pilot scheme, Camden, Ealing, Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster will target drivers with at least three unpaid penalty charge... continue

21 Sep 2009Parking Review Xtra
Drivers cynical over road tax claims, say MPs

Drivers cynical over road tax claims, say MPs

Motoring taxes have been handled so ineptly that drivers no longer trust what ministers say the charges pay for, says a House of Commons transport committee report. Committee... continue

21 Sep 2009Parking Review Xtra

Utilities that cause road works disruption face fines

Several London councils will be able to take action against companies whose road works overrun, if the Department for Transport (DfT) approves a permit scheme for utilities’ road works. This scheme would enable 13 London boroughs and Transport for London (TfL) more power to co-ordinate road... continue

21 Sep 2009Parking Review Xtra

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