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Changing lanes: why moving to an Open Market model for parking is the right choice for councils

08/02/2024

Peter O’Driscoll, Managing Director at RingGo, makes the case for an Open Market model for parking.

Westminster revamps emissions-based parking charges

30/01/2024

Westminster City Council will revamp its parking schemes so that residents and visitors are charged based on their vehicles’ tailpipe emissions.

Edinburgh first to enforce pavement parking ban

29/01/2024

Edinburgh City Council has become the first local authority in Scotland to enforce a ban on pavement parking.

Council referrals to bailiffs up 20%

24/01/2024

Referrals to bailiffs in England and Wales to recover council debts have risen by nearly 20%, a BBC investigation has found.

Council’s parking fine income up 50%

08/01/2024

Buckinghamshire Council brought in £1.4m from parking fines in 2023, a 50% increase compared to 2022.

Parking meters face disruption from 2G switch off

18/12/2023

Parking meters, alarm systems and telecare devices risk facing disruption when 2G and 3G mobile networks are switched off, council chiefs warn.

Transport planners take on 'hotly contested' parking debate

15/12/2023

A report from the Transport Planning Society argues that current parking practice promotes car use and outlines policy recommendations to lower carbon travel.

Councillors reject £1.5m debt write-off

04/12/2023

Councillors in Bolton have voted against plans to write off £1.5m worth of debt owed by the local authority's parking operator.

Councils' parking revenue approaches £1bn

13/10/2023

The income councils raked in from parking surged to almost £1bn in the last financial year.

Charity calls for pavement parking crack down

25/09/2023

A charity for the visually impaired has urged the Government to do more to crack down on pavement parking.

Bristol rules out workplace parking levy

10/08/2023

Bristol City Council has ruled out introducing a workplace parking levy because of the cost-of-living crisis.

Developers to convert Cheltenham car park into housing site

02/08/2023

Cheltenham Borough Council will consider plans to transform a car park into a 150-home development.

London Councils signals hike in parking and traffic penalties

01/08/2023

Cross-party group London Councils is consulting on penalty charges for parking and traffic offences, and says current charges are not high enough.

Greenwich brings in parking charges based on emissions

31/07/2023

Parking charges and resident and business permits in Greenwich are now based on vehicles’ carbon dioxide emissions.

Town centre parking charges to be reviewed

31/07/2023

Changes to parking charges and debt recovery fees could soon be introduced as the Government looks at ways to better regulate the private parking industry.

Cash-strapped Thurrock to hike charges

08/06/2023

Beleaguered Thurrock Council is set to increase charges for its services to help deal with its cash crisis.

Car parks at risk from EV increase

05/06/2023

An increase in the use of heavy electric vehicles poses a risk to car parks, structural engineers have warned.

Council apologises for fining entire car park

17/05/2023

A local authority has apologised after all the vehicles in a car park were mistakenly issued with fines.

Counter-terrorism measures restrict blue badge parking, campaigners say

11/04/2023

A policy of restricting access to York city centre for motorists with blue badges has been slammed as ‘disproportionate’ and a human rights breach.

Don’t force drivers to pay for parking with smartphones, Gove says

06/04/2023

Levelling-up secretary Michael Gove has told councils they must not force drivers to use smartphones to pay for parking spaces.

Pavement parking ban parked after 'frustratingly slow' jibe

04/04/2023

The Welsh Government has shelved a consultation on banning pavement parking after councils apparently claimed they were too busy to engage with it.

Motorists face digital exclusion from car parks, MPs warn

30/03/2023

MPs have asked the Government to help motorists who have problems parking because of increasing use of mobile technology apps.

Council raises safety fears after Clarkson Farm row

15/03/2023

Oxfordshire council has imposed ‘safety precautions’ after death threats were made to councillors who oppose extension of a car park at Jeremy Clarkson’s farm.

Councillors’ parking tickets binned by officers in Liverpool

08/02/2023

Council officers in Liverpool binned dozens of parking tickets given to councillors without going through any formal process, according to a local newspaper.

Better use of car parks to bolster bottom lines

07/02/2023

Chris Wortley, managing director of intelligent parking company Metric Group, examines how councils can make better commercial use of their car parks.

Council drops plans for a new workplace parking levy

08/11/2022

Leicester City Council has dropped plans to introduce a workplace parking levy (WPL) in 2023 due to the cost of living crisis.

Council to take legal action over 200,000 parking payments

14/10/2022

Worcester City Council is planning to take legal action against the car park operator Flowbird over delayed customer repayments.

Councils team up to save £100,000 on parking enforcement

31/08/2022

Cherwell District Council is set to strike a new deal with Oxfordshire County Council that will see car park enforcement streamlined.

Councils accused of allowing cars to hold public space ‘hostage’

24/08/2022

Activists have accused councils of allowing cars to hold public space ‘hostage’ by charging more for the suspension of parking spaces than for parking permits.

Workplace Parking Levy: Surviving the cost of living crisis

19/08/2022

Christopher Hammond, UK100 membership director, argues now is the time for councils to follow Nottingham City Council in introducing a Workplace Parking Levy.

Council launches review into HMOs in Northampton

22/06/2022

West Northamptonshire Council yesterday launched a review into houses in multiple occupation (HMOs) in Northampton after complaints by local campaigners.

Council defends controversial ditch

18/05/2022

A local council has defended its decision to dig a ditch alongside a car park after residents said it blocked their access to the beach.

Council chiefs call for action against ‘scourge’ of pavement parking

18/05/2022

Local authority leaders have called on the Government to give councils the freedom to ban pavement parking in their own areas.

Cap parking provision at one space per property, charity says

14/03/2022

A charity has called for car parking provision at new housing developments to be capped at a maximum of one space per property.

New greenfield developments encouraging congestion, report argues

08/02/2022

New housing developments on greenfield land are locking local communities into car dependency, a report has argued.

Cowboy parking firms targeted by new Code of Practice

07/02/2022

Drivers are set to benefit from the launch today of a new Code of Practice aimed at cracking down on cowboy private car parking firms.

Leicester aims for workplace parking levy by 2023

07/01/2022

Leicester City Council has announced plans to introduce a workplace parking levy based on the Nottingham model.

City council considers bringing in parking levy

21/12/2021

Leicester City Council has launched a consultation over a scheme that could see companies charged for car parking spaces.

Worcester named best city for accessible parking

25/11/2021

Worcester is the UK city with the most accessible parking, according to the results of a new survey.

Councils call for increase in parking penalty charges

31/08/2021

Local authorities across the UK have called for an increase in parking penalty charges to make them a more effective deterrent.

County to get new powers to tackle illegal parking

14/07/2021

The Government has approved Oxfordshire County Council's plan to take responsibility for all civil parking enforcement across the county.

IoT technology: Benefitting local authorities and councils

02/07/2021

Nick Sacke outlines some of the primary challenges being faced by local authorities and how technology can help.

Government rejects council's bid to extend lorry parking ban

30/06/2021

The Government has rejected a bid by Kent County Council to extend its lorry parking ban pilot by a further six months.

Why innovation and collaboration are key to the next generation of parking

19/03/2021

Hannah Fuller calls on councils to take a multi-vendor approach to touchless parking.

Councils report nearly 5% dip in parking profits

25/01/2021

Local authorities in England have reported a slight dip in parking profits, which they warn could impact their ability to fix potholes and tackle congestion.

Insurer compares the market for parking fines

19/01/2021

Councils are issuing fines worth an average of £850,000 a year for parking offences, with one raking in more than £10m, according to new research.

Council given power to tackle antisocial lorry parking

11/12/2020

Kent County Council has been given new powers to clamp and fine lorries that are illegally or inappropriately parked.

Councils urged to provide free parking over the Christmas period

30/11/2020

Town hall chiefs have rejected calls that all local councils should provide free town centre parking over the festive period.

London council to end outsourcing of parking enforcement

11/11/2020

Hackney Council is set to bring parking enforcement officers back in-house when its current contract ends in March 2022.

Maximising income from car parks

23/10/2020

Ron Buck explores the different ways councils are making the most of their parking facilities as a means of driving revenue.

Welsh councils to get pavement parking enforcement powers

15/10/2020

Councils in Wales could have greater powers to prevent pavement parking by 2022 after ministers backed recommendations from an independent taskforce.

Ministers seek middle path on pavement parking

01/09/2020

The Department for Transport (DfT) has published a consultation setting out three options to tackle the issue of pavement parking.

Jenrick announces ‘crackdown’ on parking fines

01/09/2020

The Government has proposed a new code of practice aimed at eliminating unfair fines issued by private car parking firms.

Council to review its Blue Badge process after investigation

13/08/2020

A London council has agreed to review the way it assesses applications for disabled parking permits following an investigation by the ombudsman.

Selling off government car parks could deliver 110,000 new homes, study finds

15/07/2020

Public sector owned car parks have the potential to deliver more than 110,000 new homes while maintaining parking services, a new study has revealed.

Glasgow to cut a third of parking and 'won't miss it'

05/06/2020

Glasgow city centre is set to suspend around a third of its on-street parking spaces to increase space for social distancing.

Hancock announces free parking for NHS staff

26/03/2020

The Government has announced NHS trusts are to receive financial support to provide health care workers with free car parking during the coronavirus pandemic.

Councils in London urged to increase cost of residential parking permits

18/03/2020

Councils in London are under-charging for residential on-street parking spaces, a think tank has found today.

Councils back ban on pavement parking

12/03/2020

The Department for Transport (DfT) has pledged to set out new plans to tackle pavement parking, which it said would make streets safer for parents and disabled people.

Council clamps down on idling drivers by removing coach parking spots

23/01/2020

Westminster City Council is removing prime parking spots for coaches after drivers ignored previous warnings to turn off their engines while parked.

Over 12,000 Blue Badges granted to people with ‘hidden disabilities’

02/01/2020

Thousands of people with hidden disabilities have benefitted from the Government’s extended Blue Badge scheme, new figures reveal.

Prosecutions for Blue Badge fraud up by 18% in past year

05/12/2019

A third of councils in England do not have a policy in place to prosecute people for Blue Badge fraud, new figures have revealed today.

Councils make £930m profit from parking

18/11/2019

Councils in England made a profit of £930m last year from their parking operations, new figures have revealed.

Council broke its own blue badge assessment policy, Ombudsman finds

24/10/2019

Sheffield CC has agreed to review its process for dealing with blue badge applications after an investigation revealed it was breaking its own policy.

Green number plates considered for electric cars

22/10/2019

The Government is considering introducing green licence plates to help councils identify and incentivise the drivers of the cleanest cars.

Blue Badge: Achieving a citizen-first approach

18/10/2019

Paul Tomlinson explains how councils can balance the lack of standardisation with the Blue Badge service with their need for flexibility in designing and processing applications.

Council apologises after motorist denied right to challenge parking ticket

26/09/2019

Cherwell DC has apologised ‘unreservedly’ after an investigation revealed that motorists were being denied the right to challenge parking tickets.

MPs call for a ban on pavement parking

09/09/2019

The Government should introduce an outright ban on pavement parking across England, MPs have said today in a new report.

Blue Badges offered to people with non-visible disabilities

30/08/2019

The Government has today implemented the expanded Blue Badge scheme which will now include people who have non-visible disabilities.

London boroughs eye £750 workplace parking charge

25/07/2019

Several London boroughs are considering introducing workplace parking levies (WPLs) of at least £750 a year to cut pollution and encourage active travel.

Council to refund hundreds of incorrect parking fines

04/07/2019

Hundreds of parking fines are to be repaid after a council discovered it had imposed them on motorists using free car parks.

Councils set to make £1bn profit from parking

01/07/2019

Local authorities in England are predicting that they will make £913m of profit from their parking activities this financial year, although the real figure might be nearer £1bn.

Review launched into Blue Badge fraud

17/06/2019

A new task force to help councils tackle the fraudulent use of Blue Badges has been set up by the Government.

Ombudsman welcomes move to streamline complaints

31/05/2019

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has welcomed a decision by the trade body representing bailiffs to give up dealing with complaints from members of the public.

Age of the parking machine ‘could be coming to an end’, says minister

30/05/2019

The UK is 'on verge of revolution to make parking easier', according to a government announcement.

Council told to consult residents over free parking

23/05/2019

Stockport Council has been told to consult residents over their right to free parking permits after the ombudsman found it had been unfairly refusing them.

Councils raise £242m from parking permit applications

10/05/2019

Local authorities have raised hundreds of millions of pounds over the last three years thanks to applications for parking permits, according to a new study.

Bringing efficiencies to the new Blue Badge digital service process

16/04/2019

With the Department for Transport’s new Blue Badge digital process now live, Hannah Buckley talks through the council’s strategy and transformative approach in responding to the challenges and timeframes.

Westminster inaction prompts pavement parking inquiry

08/04/2019

The Transport Select Committee has launched an inquiry into pavement parking.

Councils set for £1bn parking income

11/03/2019

Latest trends suggest councils in England could be set for a £1bn parking income by the end of the decade.

Scottish Tories slam car park tax as ‘disgrace’

21/02/2019

Scottish Conservative council leaders have criticised a proposed car park tax that could be introduced in Glasgow and Edinburgh as a ‘total disgrace’.

Councils must ensure parking fines are issued correctly, Ombudsman says

31/01/2019

The local government Ombudsman has urged councils to ensure they are using the correct legislation to issue parking fines at country parks.

Council to reimburse drivers after ‘confusing signs’ lead to fines

24/01/2019

A county council has said it will reimburse the parking fines of drivers who were caught out by ‘confusing’ signs.

Parking charges increase by £170m in five years

09/01/2019

Council chiefs defend themselves after research reveals local authorities have increased their revenue from parking charges by nearly £170m in five years, while simultaneously cutting road improvements.

Blue Badge theft up by 45% in past year

30/11/2018

Councils have warned that Blue Badge theft in England has increased by 45% in the past 12 months.

Whitehall backs ‘one-stop shop’ for appealing private parking fines

26/11/2018

The Government has thrown its weight behind a new independent appeals service for drivers wishing to challenge private parking fines.

Councils made £867m profit from parking charges last year

20/11/2018

Car parking charges have generated 32% more profit for councils in England over the last four years, new figures have revealed.

Welsh councils generated £10m profit from parking charges and fines last year

19/11/2018

Conservatives in Wales have accused councils of imposing a 'huge tax on shoppers' after figures revealed they made more than £10m this year from parking charges and fines.

London penalty charge notices up 10%

15/11/2018

The number of penalty charge notices (PCNs) issued by London’s highway authorities rose by 10% during the last financial year.

Parking management worth £3.6bn, London boroughs say

03/10/2018

London’s boroughs have made the business case for their parking management, with a report that estimates it is worth £3.58bn per year to the capital’s economy.

A smarter way to park with the help of asset finance

22/08/2018

Chris Wilkinson explores how asset finance can help councils improve the parking experiences of drivers.

Blue Badge extended to cover 'hidden disabilities'

30/07/2018

A decision to extend the Blue Badge parking scheme to people with mental conditions has been hailed as a 'lifeline'.

Congested cities, circling cars, and the price of parking

23/07/2018

Anthony Eskinazi explores measures local authorities can introduce to combat emissions from cars - and the role that parking plays in this.

Council fights thieves by ‘armour-plating’ parking meters

17/05/2018

Leicester City Council has been forced to armour-plate its parking meters to discourage thieves.

The positives of pain-free parking - for drivers, councils and cities

30/04/2018

Anthony Eskinazi explains how the 'future' version of parking could be a reality in every city tomorrow.

Blue Badge thefts quadruple in five years

15/02/2018

The theft of Blue Badges has quadrupled in the last five years, council chiefs warn.

Online council information for drivers with disabilities ‘poor’, Socitm finds

02/02/2018

Council parking services do a ‘poor job’ when it comes to the provision of online information for drivers with disabilities, ICT body warns.

Council to review policy of charging disabled people £3,300 to park near home

25/01/2018

Cornwall Council has confirmed it will ‘urgently review’ its policy to charge people with disabilities over £3,000 for disabled parking spaces near their homes.

Blue badge reform to improve travel for people with ‘hidden disabilities’

22/01/2018

A proposed reform to the blue badge criteria could mean people with ‘hidden disabilities’ will find it easier to travel.

Council workers protesting ‘outrageous’ withdrawal of free parking passes

18/01/2018

Hull City Council employees are staging a demonstration today over the council’s decision to withdraw their free parking passes.

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