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Pompey’s fraud busters

Pompey’s fraud busters
Debra Jamieson-Hesk

One in every 200 Blue Badges issued to around 2.5 million disabled people is misused, according to the Department for Transport (DfT). Badge fraud is now costing the UK an estimated £46m a year. The Blue Badge scheme allows those users and carers to achieve a measure of social inclusion,... continue

5 Mar 2012Parking Review Supplements
Escape route from the turf wars

Escape route from the turf wars
Patrick Mcdonnell

A broad partnership led by Strathclyde Police has seen gang-related crime fall sharply in... continue

3 Mar 2012Parking Review Supplements
Motorbikes get permanent access to London bus lanes

Motorbikes get permanent access to London bus lanes
Patrick Mcdonnell

Motorcyclists have been given permanent access to... continue

1 Mar 2012Parking Review Supplements

End of C-charge zone sees rise in traffic

Traffic entering the former Western Extension area of the Central London congestion charging zone increased by 8% in the months following the scrapping of the charge in December 2010, monitoring by Transport for London indicates. The volume of circulating traffic within the zone rose by 7%.... continue

1 Mar 2012Parking Review Supplements

‘Speed cameras do not reduce accidents’

There is no statistical evidence to show that Thames Valley’s speed cameras are effective in reducing accidents, according to electrical engineer Dave Finney. He investigated the road safety statistics at 317 fixed and mobile camera sites across the Thames Valley region, before and after the... continue

1 Mar 2012Parking Review Supplements

Huge rise in speeding offences on M62

The number of drivers caught speeding at roadworks on the M62  rose by more than 1,000% in 2011, figures from the West Yorkshire Casualty Reduction Partnership, a Freedom of Information request has revealed. The figures show that around 11,000 drivers were caught speeding by average speed... continue

1 Mar 2012Parking Review Supplements

Kent cameras catch over 23,000 speeding motorists

Figures showing the number of motorists caught by all speed cameras in Kent are now available online. Some 23,787 drivers were issued with fixed penalty notices (FPNs) across Kent and Medway in 2010, according to the Kent and Medway Safety Camera Partnership (KMSCP). Its website also shows crash... continue

1 Mar 2012Parking Review Supplements
High demand for a 20mph limit, says cycling survey

High demand for a 20mph limit, says cycling survey
Patrick Mcdonnell

More than 50% of people in the UK believe roads are unsafe for cycling,?? while more than half (56%) fear that urban roads are unsafe, according to new data from the sustainable transport charity... continue

1 Mar 2012Parking Review Supplements

DfT seeks advice on drug-driving crime

A new criminal offence of driving a vehicle after using an illegal drug is to be considered by a panel of experts convened by the Department for Transport (DfT). The department said that it would examine the case for a new specific drug-driving offence – alongside the existing one –... continue

1 Mar 2012Parking Review Supplements

Sharp drop in roadworks disruption

London Mayor Boris Johnson has claimed his “war on roadworks” has cut disruption on the capital’s streets by nearly 40%. There were nearly 4,000 fewer road works on Transport for London’s road network between last April and the end of 2011 compared to the same period in 2010... continue

1 Mar 2012Parking Review Supplements

Census offenders face prosecution

The Office for National Statistics in England and Wales (ONS) is seeking to prosecute around 400 people for failing to return their 2011 census forms. It is a legal requirement to complete the census every 10 years. In 2001, when the last census was held, there were 43 successful prosecutions. The... continue

1 Mar 2012Parking Review Supplements

‘Ban chuggers from town centre’, says MP

Charity workers who ask people to sign up and give cash are to face restrictions in Wolverhampton. Paul Uppal, the Conservative MP for Wolverhampton South West, claimed hundreds of people he had surveyed had said that they were put off by street fundraisers. “If you could specify one reason... continue

1 Mar 2012Parking Review Supplements

Vanishing manholes costly for Nottingham

Rising metal theft crime  is costing Nottingham City Council more than £1,000 a week. Over 200 gulley/manhole covers and 26 metal bins have been stolen since January 2011. The theft of items, including park benches, are placing additional strain upon the public purse, said Peter Moyes,... continue

1 Mar 2012Parking Review Supplements

Church metal theft reaches all-time high

Metal theft from churches reached its highest level on record last year, according to figures from the church insurers Ecclesiastical. It said that more than 2,500 claims were made in 2011 surpassing the previous worst figure of more than 2,400 in 2008. The diocese of Chelmsford made over 90 claims... continue

1 Mar 2012Parking Review Supplements

DNA alarm system targets fuel thieves

A portable alarm system that both videos and marks fuel thieves with an indelible DNA based marking dye, has been approved by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO). The system has achieved ACPO’s Secured by Design crime prevention initiative accreditation. Kilmarnock-based PID... continue

1 Mar 2012Parking Review Supplements

AA tracking device to cut cost of car insurance

AA Insurance is offering to instal a small electronic device in customers’ cars that tracks driving behaviour. The Drivesafe device will help new and inexperienced drivers improve their driving safety, said AA Insurance. The AA Drivesafe measures speed, types of road travelled on, time of day... continue

1 Mar 2012Parking Review Supplements

Dangerous drivers filmed by mobile patrols at airport

Video patrol vehicles have started targeting dangerous drivers on the roads surrounding East Midlands Airport. Managers at the Castle Donington airport said the vehicle is being used to deter those drivers who cause a danger to other motorists. The airport’s managing director, Brad Miller,... continue

1 Mar 2012Parking Review Supplements

ISO success for Dukes

Dukes has passed the full ISO 9001 quality management system (QMS) standards audit. The ISO auditor Dave Wilcox said: “Dukes now has a very focused quality assurance manager in David Parry and his experience and approach to a comprehensive QMS system is well co-ordinated and communicated to... continue

1 Mar 2012Parking Review Supplements

Equita moves to new office in Birmingham

Equita has moved to new modern offices in a refurbished building in Birmingham city centre. The new office is located in Birmingham’s business district and 10 minutes walk from Birmingham City Council’s new Woodcock Street offices. The new office has two payment and enquiry counters... continue

1 Mar 2012Parking Review Supplements
Shergroup officers evict ‘Occupy’ protesters

Shergroup officers evict ‘Occupy’ protesters

Police and High Court enforcement officers evicted anti-capitalist protesters from the Occupy London camp outside St Paul’s Cathedral on 27 February. This followed the... continue

1 Mar 2012Parking Review Supplements

Council writes off over £5m in unpaid debt

Dumfries & Galloway Council has written off more than £5m of unpaid debt in the past three years. Finance officials have been left no other option after legal action failed to recover the cash. The losses are split between Council Tax, business rates, sundry or smaller debts and overpaid... continue

1 Mar 2012Parking Review Supplements

Cardiff council brings in Swift to enforce unpaid parking fines

Swift has been selected by Cardiff Council as one of the bailiff companies engaged to enforce unpaid penalty charge notices (PCNs). “We already have an established relationship with the Cardiff Council that goes back over a number of years,” said Huw Lloyd-Lewis, Swift’s managing... continue

1 Mar 2012Parking Review Supplements

Advice sector reveals rise in calls for help

People seeking help from free debt advice agencies increased during 2011, rising to 1.54 million compared with 1.4 million the previous year, according to research from the Money Advice Trust. The research, carried out by the University of Nottingham on behalf of the charity, also warned that there... continue

1 Mar 2012Parking Review Supplements
Streets ahead in the City

Streets ahead in the City
Deniz Huseyin

Kay English says her parking career began in a job with an... continue

1 Mar 2012Parking Review Supplements
The best referee

The best referee
John Kruse

The civil enforcement sector has been awaiting... continue

1 Mar 2012Parking Review Supplements
The Enforcers 25: Building the perfect team

The Enforcers 25: Building the perfect team
Deniz Huseyin

The benefits of inter-agency co-operation are highlighted in our feature on tackling gangs. A scheme led by Strathclyde Police... continue

1 Mar 2012Parking Review Supplements
MOJ launches consultation on bailiff reform

MOJ launches consultation on bailiff reform
Deniz Huseyin

The long-awaited public consultation seeking views on how best to reform the bailiff industry has been launched by the Ministry... continue

17 Feb 2012Parking Review Xtra

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