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JBW’s 12 steps to debt recovery management

JBW’s 12 steps to debt recovery management

New software designed to efficiently manage all aspects of debt recovery and enforcement has been launched by bailiff enforcement and debt recovery company JBW. AR-12 provides “complete transparency” across all procedures and enables managers to concentrate on strategic decisions rather... continue

7 Dec 2012Parking Review Supplements
The Enforcers Issue 28: Safety outside schools

The Enforcers Issue 28: Safety outside schools
Deniz Huseyin

Campaigns to tackle dangerous parking outside schools are becoming a priority across the UK. We are hearing from a growing number of... continue

7 Dec 2012Parking Review Supplements

CCTV car deployed in Wolverhampton

Wolverhampton City Council has introduced a CCTV car outside schools to promote road safety. The vehicle makes morning and afternoon patrols outside the city's schools and will photograph any vehicles that are parked on zigzags or keep clear markings. Motorists that are caught illegally parking and... continue

5 Dec 2012Parking Review Supplements
Councils must be hands-on over bailiff fees, says LGO

Councils must be hands-on over bailiff fees, says LGO
Deniz Huseyin

Local authorities need to play a more proactive role... continue

5 Dec 2012Parking Review Supplements

New private land appeals service gets underway

The new independent parking appeals service for private land in England and Wales began hearing cases from motorists on 29 November. Parking on Private Land Appeals (POPLA) handles appeals by post. The British Parking Association (BPA)?appointed London Councils to operate the scheme under a... continue

5 Dec 2012Parking Review Supplements
'Private land parking fines excessive' says MP

'Private land parking fines excessive' says MP
Patrick McDonnell

A private members bill that calls for the banning of excessive charges in private car parks has completed its first reading in the House... continue

5 Dec 2012Parking Review Supplements

Multi-occupancy cars get access to Sheffield bus lanes

Some bus lanes in Sheffield could be available for use by motorists if they carry at least one passenger in a trial of the proposal to be launched next year. At the same time, other bus lanes in the city could be opened to goods delivery vehicles to make more efficient use of road space. The city... continue

5 Dec 2012Parking Review Supplements
Compliance levels high during Olympic Games

Compliance levels high during Olympic Games
Patrick McDonnel

During the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics 6,900 penalty charge notices (PCNs) were issued for traffic and parking contraventions... continue

5 Dec 2012Parking Review Supplements

‘Drivers confused by emergency service traffic rules'

A third of drivers do not know the current rules on how to deal with approaching emergency service vehicles, according to an Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) report. The poll found that a quarter of people would go through a red light to let an emergency vehicle through, which is illegal.... continue

5 Dec 2012Parking Review Supplements

Roads should be privatised, says report

Local roads should be owned and managed by local residents and business, argues a new report by free market think-tank the Institute of Economic Affairs. The report says state ownership has delivered an inadequate network. “Many forms of antisocial behaviour, such as graffiti, fly-tipping,... continue

5 Dec 2012Parking Review Supplements
Sheffield hotspots get average speed units

Sheffield hotspots get average speed units
Patrick McDonnell

Average speed cameras are being installed on a Sheffield road, where six people have died in accidents and 118 have been... continue

5 Dec 2012Parking Review Supplements

Met opens enhanced ANPR data centre

An enhanced system for identifying and tracking down vehicles involved in crime has been launched by the Metropolitan Police Service. All the information retrieved from ANPR-equipped police vehicles and cameras will be fed into a new central ANPR bureau based at New Scotland Yard. The bureau uses... continue

5 Dec 2012Parking Review Supplements

Camden plans 20mph for all roads

Camden Council is to consider introducing a blanket 20mph speed limit on all roads under its control to help reduce the number of accidents and to encourage people to walk or cycle to promote health. The London borough already has 20mph zones in specific neighbourhood accident hot spots, which... continue

5 Dec 2012Parking Review Supplements

Approval of speed cameras rises to 82%

More than 80% of people think it acceptable for police authorities to use speed cameras, according to a new survey. The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) annual speed camera survey shows that 82% think that speed cameras have helped to contribute to the fall in road deaths from the 1990s... continue

5 Dec 2012Parking Review Supplements

Islington approves 20mph roll-out

All roads under the control of Islington Council in north London will become 20mph zones after the authority agreed the move after a year of consultation. Previously streets and minor roads identified as accident hotspots were subject to a 20mph speed limit. However, roads managed by Transport for... continue

5 Dec 2012Parking Review Supplements

20mph plan for Birmingham

Birmingham City Council has discussed a proposal to reduce the speed limit to 20mph on residential roads in the city. Liberal Democrat councillors are seeking a lower speed limit to cut road accidents and save lives. David Willis, representing South Yardley, said that lowering the speed limit... continue

5 Dec 2012Parking Review Supplements

20mph limit for buses in Manchester

Bus speed limits of 20mph have been introduced in Manchester city centre under a new voluntary code of conduct for operators. All bus companies running services into the city centre are expected to sign up to the CityPLAN agreement, which means drivers will stick to the limit within the inner ring... continue

5 Dec 2012Parking Review Supplements

Campaign targets speeding in Northants

Motorists in Northamptonshire have been targeted for speeding offences as part of the week-long National Road Safety Week campaign. The aim of the campaign is to reduce drivers speeding near homes, school and shops. The theme of the campaign, which ran from 19 to 25 November, was “slower... continue

5 Dec 2012Parking Review Supplements

Average speed camera for Highlands route

The Scottish Government is examining installing average speed cameras along a 138-mile stretch of the A9 trunk road from Dunblane to Inverness – a project that would create the longest stretch of road to be covered by cameras in the UK. The road is dual carriageway between Dunblane and Perth... continue

5 Dec 2012Parking Review Supplements

New group calls for 20mph roll-out

A new coalition has been formed to promote the introduction of more 20mph speed limits and encourage drivers to drive at 20mph near homes, schools and shops even if the limit is higher. The GO 20 coalition brings together campaign groups Brake, Living Streets, Sustrans, the Campaign to Protect... continue

5 Dec 2012Parking Review Supplements

Road casualties up

Some 1,901 people were killed in road accidents in 2011, a 3%  rise over the previous year. The statistics from the Department for Transport also reveal that 23,122 people were seriously injured in road accidents, an increase of 2% on the 2010 figures. Fatalities for car occupants rose by 6%... continue

5 Dec 2012Parking Review Supplements
Cyclists in Southwark  caught out by spot-checks

Cyclists in Southwark caught out by spot-checks
Patrick McDonnell

Drivers and cyclists who breach traffic laws are being issued on-the-spot-fines in a major campaign against dangerous driving in Southwark,... continue

5 Dec 2012Parking Review Supplements

Cycle mirrors installed at dangerous junctions

Southwark Council has erected street cycle safety mirrors at dangerous road junctions across the central London borough, to cut the number of collisions between drivers and cyclists. Currently four junctions in the borough are equipped with the mirrors, with a further eight to be fitted with the... continue

5 Dec 2012Parking Review Supplements

Ealing bus lanes to get embedded lighting

The London Borough of Ealing is set to run a trial of different coloured, embedded lights on bus lanes, which show when they can be used by general traffic. The project aims to make better use of road capacity. Many motorists currently avoid driving in bus lanes even when they are allowed to do so.... continue

5 Dec 2012Parking Review Supplements

Blue Badge fraudsters caught in Edinburgh

Eight people have been charged with Blue Badge fraud in Edinburgh. Lothian and Borders Police and City of Edinburgh Council Fraud Prevention Officers ran “Operation Bevel” to identify anyone wrongly using the badges on 26 and 27 November. As a result of the crackdown, individuals were... continue

5 Dec 2012Parking Review Supplements
Average speed scheme makes shared space safer

Average speed scheme makes shared space safer
Patrick McDonnell

It is now nearly a year since Southend-on-Sea’s introduction of average speed cameras to enforce a 20mph speed limit along its... continue

5 Dec 2012Parking Review Supplements
Police give cyclists D-type locks

Police give cyclists D-type locks

Police visited key locations across Leicester during November offering advice to cyclists and giving away D-type cycle locks. ... continue

5 Dec 2012Parking Review Supplements

Launch of single-use breathalysers delayed

The introduction of breathalyser kits for all motor vehicles travelling on French roads has been put postponed until March 2013, according to the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM). All drivers, including motorcyclists, will be required to carry a single-use breathalyser kit costing between £1... continue

5 Dec 2012Parking Review Supplements

App checks if taxis are licensed

An app from Harlow District Council that confirms if a taxi is fully licensed has been used by 950 residents since its launch in the summer according to the authority. The system, called Taxi Check Live!, can be downloaded via a smartphone by scanning a QR code or by typing... continue

5 Dec 2012Parking Review Supplements

Belfast scheme to manage bus lanes

A traffic management scheme in Belfast, which includes new bus lanes, has been launched by the Northern Ireland Roads Service (NIRS). The initiative also includes a bus gate allowing buses to get into their lanes without having to navigate through traffic. The work is part of the Sustainable... continue

5 Dec 2012Parking Review Supplements
Building safer routes for school children

Building safer routes for school children
Patrick McDonnell

The tragic death of a 5-year-old boy on a busy road in Elephant & Castle, south London, has thrown into sharp relief... continue

5 Dec 2012Parking Review Supplements
Oldham CCTV car patrols schools

Oldham CCTV car patrols schools
Deniz Huseyin

A CCTV car has started patrolling schools in Oldham in a bid to tackle disruptive parking.... continue

5 Dec 2012Parking Review Supplements
Brighton & Hove tackle illegal parking outside schools

Brighton & Hove tackle illegal parking outside schools

Motorists who park or stop illegally on roads outside schools in Brighton & Hove could face instant fines under a new crackdown to improve safety. Civil enforcement officers (CEOs) equipped with with digital... continue

5 Dec 2012Parking Review Supplements
Getting to grips with the ‘new poll tax’

Getting to grips with the ‘new poll tax’
Ian Morris

From next April the amount the government gives local authorities for Council Tax Benefit will be cut by 10% in a bid... continue

5 Dec 2012Parking Review Supplements

Aberdeen city wardens spread safety message at schools

City wardens in Aberdeen visited a number of primary schools across the city as part of Road Safety Week, which ran from 19 to 23 November. The initiative was led nationally by road safety charity Brake with the aim of driving down accidents while emphasising the road safety message. Wardens,... continue

5 Dec 2012Parking Review Supplements

Epping councillors oppose school parking

Epping Forest councillors are calling for double yellow lines in front of an infants and juniors school in a bid to ban parents from pulling up to drop off their children off. The councillors – Richard James, Antony Watts and Michael Fitch – have written to the North East Parking... continue

5 Dec 2012Parking Review Supplements

Melissa Jones joins JBW

Melissa Jones has joined debt recovery firm JBW’s commercial team as groups bid executive after spending 11 years working at Equita. She said: “I have watched JBW since its formation in 2004 and have always been impressed with their brand, growth and desire to deliver an ethical debt recovery... continue

5 Dec 2012Parking Review Supplements

Fixed speed cameras to be turned off in West Midlands

All fixed site speed cameras in the West Midlands conurbation will be turned off from 1 April next year after a decision by West Midlands Police to only conduct mobile camera enforcement. Some of the fixed site cameras could be re-activated, however, if a way can be found to fund their conversion... continue

5 Dec 2012Parking Review Supplements

Young males top road deaths table

Men are 6.4% more likely than women to pass their practical driving test, according to research by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM). But while young males are more likely to pass their driving test, they are almost three times more likely to be killed or seriously injured (KSI) behind the... continue

5 Dec 2012Parking Review Supplements

Congestion charge exemptions to change

Proposed changes to London’s congestion charge would see a number of vehicle types currently exempt having to pay the charge. Transport for London (TfL) is seeking the views of Londoners views in a consultation on a number of proposed changes to the congestion charging scheme. The proposed changes... continue

5 Dec 2012Parking Review Supplements

Insurance body to scrutinise speed awareness courses

The professional institution for insurers is calling for research into whether speed awareness courses improve driver behaviour. The issue has been highlighted by a BBC investigation that found the Admiral Group of insurance companies is increasing the premium for motorists who take speed... continue

5 Dec 2012Parking Review Supplements

Cash payments at scrap yards banned

Cash payments at recycling yards in England and Wales have been banned under new laws aimed at cutting metal theft. Fines for those breaking the law have been increased in the amendments to the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill, with the Scottish government proposing the... continue

5 Dec 2012Parking Review Supplements
High Court enforcement: the next five years

High Court enforcement: the next five years
Claire Sandbrook

In the world of civil judgment enforcement, as with anything else, nothing ever stands still. There are constant developments as... continue

5 Dec 2012Parking Review Supplements

Parking patrols given powers to issue littering fines

People found dropping litter in Southampton could now be issued with on-the-spot fines by civil enforcement officers (CEOs) and other council staff. CEOs and other enforcement officers received enhanced powers to tackle littering under a new scheme in cooperation with the police. The city’s 30... continue

5 Dec 2012Parking Review Supplements

Bus lane crackdown in Plymouth

More than 15,000 fines have been issued to motorists caught driving in bus lanes in Plymouth during the last three months. Six CCTV cameras were installed in the city in August to enforce bus lane restrictions. A council spokeswoman said: “There were initially 15,555 contraventions during this... continue

5 Dec 2012Parking Review Supplements
Making sure the kids are alright

Making sure the kids are alright
Steve Brown

For parking and highways managers across the UK, the subject of road safety is always a high... continue

5 Dec 2012Parking Review Supplements

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