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Mobile patrol to enforce UK’s first workplace levy

Mobile patrol to enforce UK’s first workplace levy
Deniz Huseyin

The UK’s first workplace parking levy comes into force in Nottingham in April 2012. Prior to the start of the scheme, businesses in the city will be required to register all their workplace parking spaces from October. Around 500 employers — those with more than 10 parking spaces... continue

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A fair deal for councils, a fair deal for bailiffs?

A fair deal for councils, a fair deal for bailiffs?
Deniz Huseyin

During his talk at the Enforcement Summit, Harrow... continue

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Local government finance experts debate collections and revenues

IRRV Annual Conference Telford International Centre 20-22 September 2011 The IRRV Annual Conference 2011 will discuss the impact of the current economic crisis on public sector revenues in the context of the Coalition Government’s desire to create a stronger local agenda. On the first day... continue

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Marston bolsters senior management team

Marston bolsters senior management team

Marston Group has strengthened its management team with high profile appointments in six newly created positions. John Crichton has joined as finance... continue

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JBW’s Jamie Waller invited to No 10

JBW’s Jamie Waller invited to No 10

Jamie Waller, chief executive of JBW Group, has visited No 10 Downing Street at the invitation of Steve Hilton, senior adviser to the prime... continue

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Harrow faces criticism for taking cut of bailiff’s fees

Harrow faces criticism for taking cut of bailiff’s fees

The August Issue of Parking Review ran a news story on the London Borough of Harrow’s policy of taking a cut of their bailiff partners’ fees. Fern Silverio, the council’s divisional director –... continue

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Use your discretion, advises ombudsman

Use your discretion, advises ombudsman

Parking enforcement is one of those activities that always has the potential to generate complaints from those affected. The Local Government Ombudsman... continue

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Fee reform delay puts squeeze on bailiff sector

Fee reform delay puts squeeze on bailiff sector

Many bailiff companies are desperately attempting to stay afloat as they await the arrival of the long anticipated simplified fee structure as proposed by the Tribunals, Court and... continue

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It’s worth taking a close look at data

It’s worth taking a close look at data

In these times of austerity local authorities are trying to boost income levels while driving down the number of complaints they receive. This is a... continue

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A public service message

A public service message

I have an old-fashioned view of public service — I believe that worthwhile things can be... continue

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Cross-county approach  aims to take districts out of the red

Cross-county approach aims to take districts out of the red
Deniz Huseyin

Parking operations across Essex were on the brink of being... continue

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Lanewatch scans ancient roadway

Lanewatch scans ancient roadway

The London Borough of Barnet has switched to unattended bus lane enforcement on a four-mile stretch of the A5 after... continue

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Report criticises out-of-court penalties

Out-of-court punishments have been criticised as “piecemeal and largely uncontrolled” in a joint report for HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) and HM Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate (HMCPSI). In their report, Exercising Discretion: The Gateway to Justice, they call for a... continue

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Metal thieves see their car destroyed

A car seized from metal thieves in Wisbech, Cambridgeshire, has been crushed on orders of the local magistrate’s court. The Ford Fiesta was seized on 1 April after it was found to contain vehicle parts stolen from a yard in the village of Wisbech St Mary. Two men had been spotted acting... continue

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Smart ‘enviro-app’ launched in Leicester

Smart ‘enviro-app’ launched in Leicester

Leicester City Council is extending its smartphone app allowing the reporting of environmental issues such as highway faults including broken street lights,... continue

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Wirral CEOs clamp down on litter louts

Wirral CEOs clamp down on litter louts

Civil enforcement officers (CEOs) in the Wirral have started issuing fixed penalty notices to people seen discarding rubbish. Wirral Metropolitan... continue

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Squatting to be classed a crime under MoJ proposals

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) is proposing that squatting be classified as a criminal offence. Justice minister Crispin Blunt said this was one of a range of proposals designed to protect both home and business property owners. The options up for public consultation could make squatting a criminal... continue

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Drink-drive deaths fall

The number of deaths caused by drink-driving related road accidents fell sharply last year, provisional government figures reveal. Fatalities fell by 35% from 380 in 2009 to 250 in 2010. Serious injuries fell by 18% to 1,230, while minor injuries fell by 19% to 8,220. The provisional statistics... continue

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Clearing up after flytippers costs Network Rail £2.5m

Clearing up after flytippers costs Network Rail £2.5m
Patrick McDonnell

Flytipping is costing Network Rail nearly... continue

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Wiltshire volunteers catch out speeding drivers

Volunteers using speed guns have caught almost 5,000 drivers breaking the speed limit in Wiltshire over the last year. The Community Speed Watch (CSW) group use the devices to calculate speeds and then writes to drivers caught exceeding the speed limit. The scheme was launched after the... continue

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Notts town wants 20mph limit enforced

Residents in a Nottinghamshire town have called for a voluntary 20mph speed limit to be formerly enforced. Advisory signage was installed on street lighting columns on one of Southwell’s busiest roads, the A612 at Easthorpe, in May. But local campaigners argue that the signs do very little to... continue

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Speeding drivers on Teesside opt for re-training

The number of Teesside motorists electing to attend a speed awareness course rather than picking up a fine and penalty points has increased by almost 90% compared to the same period last year, according to Cleveland police. Some drivers caught speeding are offered the course, which costs £75... continue

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Bus lane crackdown underway in Leeds

Bus lane crackdown underway in Leeds

Leeds City Council started enforcing bus lanes using CCTV on 8 August. The cameras have been filming motorists’ abuse of bus lanes since... continue

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TfL installs average speed cameras on A13
Patrick McDonnell

Average speed enforcement is set to start on a six-mile stretch of the A13 this autumn. A total of 84 cameras have been installed at 37 different locations between Canning Town and the Goresbrook Interchange since 31 January. A final decision as to when the cameras become operational has yet to be... continue

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Cycle Task Force arrests 200 in first year of operation

Cycle Task Force arrests 200 in first year of operation

London’s Cycle Task Force (CTF) has made 200 arrests and security marked more than 12,000 bicycles during its first year of operation. The 30-strong Metropolitan Police Cycle Task Force, which is funded by... continue

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Utilities hit with £31m in fines

Utility companies have been charged £31m in fines for overstaying their allotted time for roadworks over the last three years, according to figures obtained under a Freedom of Information request from the BBC. The figures show that 33,460 sets of roadworks over-ran in 143 English council... continue

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‘Lane rental’ on the agenda

‘Lane rental’ on the agenda

The government is consulting on ‘lane rental’ schemes that would enable councils to charge... continue

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Wording on parking fine warrants revised

The warrant that sets out bailiff powers for executing unpaid parking fine warrants has been revised by the Traffic Enforcement Centre (TEC) in Northampton. The changes follow meetings since February between TEC, the Ministry of Justice, London Councils, bailiff representatives and The British... continue

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RBKC appoints TASK

The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea Council has appointed Task Enforcement as its debt recovery contractor. TASK, the debt recovery arm of NSL Services Group, has been awarded a three-year contract with an option to extend to five years. The company will be given up to a quarter of all... continue

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More vehicles affected by low emission levels

New tougher low emission zone (LEZ) standards for London come into force in January 2012. Transport for London (TfL) said that about 150,000 vehicles would be affected by the new standard. Owners and operators of 75,000 HGVs, buses and coaches and 72,000 larger vans and minibuses will need to... continue

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Blue Badge team steps up crackdown on fraud

The anti-blue badge fraud partnership between the neighbouring London boroughs of Croydon and Lambeth has seen a total of 139 offences identified since the collaboration began in January. The offences included 61 vehicles displaying fraudulent disabled blue badges being removed to Croydon’s... continue

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Box junction generates £1m fine revenue

Box junction generates £1m fine revenue

A yellow box junction in north London has brought in more than £1m in fine revenues in the last year. The junction in Highgate has seen thousands... continue

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Roadside operation in Croydon recovers £3k in unpaid fines

Roadside operation in Croydon recovers £3k in unpaid fines
Patrick McDonnell

A joint operation by police and Croydon Borough Council... continue

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London fare evasion fines set to rise

Fines for fare evasion in London could be increased from £50 to £80. Transport for London (TfL) lost an estimated £63m to fare evasion in 2010. Fare dodging on London’s buses rose by over £7m to £39.5m while on London Overground the cost of evasion rose from... continue

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Bracknell residents want enforcement

Resident groups in a Berkshire town have called for more parking patrols to crackdown on illegal parking. The Great Hollands Neighbourhood Action Group (NAG) said civil enforcement officers (CEOs) patrolling its streets have issued the lowest number of penalty charge notices (PCNs) in the country.... continue

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Manchester rejects ombudsman’s advice
Deniz Huseyin

Manchester City Council has dismissed repeated requests from the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) to pay compensation in a case involving the recovery of Council Tax debt through bankruptcy proceedings. An LGO report published in 2009 found there was a case of injustice and maladministration... continue

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