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


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

Westminster revamps emissions-based parking charges


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


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

Council referrals to bailiffs up 20%


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%


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


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


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


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


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

Charity calls for pavement parking crack down


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


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


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


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


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

Town centre parking charges to be reviewed


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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’


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


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


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

Council defends controversial ditch


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


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


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


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


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


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

City council considers bringing in parking levy


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Councils report nearly 5% dip in parking profits


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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'


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


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


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

Councils back ban on pavement parking


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


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’


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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

Council told to consult residents over free parking


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


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


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


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

Councils set for £1bn parking income


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’


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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%


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


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


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

Blue Badge extended to cover 'hidden disabilities'


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


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


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


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

Blue Badge thefts quadruple in five years


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


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


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’


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


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

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