Shadow Transport Minister, Daniel Zeichner MP, and officials from the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Department for Transport joined more than 80 delegates representing consumer groups, local authorities, private parking companies and adjudication services at the British Parking Association's Parking Summit yesterday.
The summit was called to facilitate a proper debate about the management of parking on private land and to discuss the Government’s response to its consultation regarding off-street parking issued last March.
Patrick Troy, BPA Chief Executive said: 'There was an excellent level of engagement. We were able to establish common recurring themes and although we were not confident of reaching a consensus, it became clear that consistency in parking on private land was what people wanted most. We had made a case for a single standards setting body that would provide consistency and it was given support across the board.'
Also arising from the summit was the need for landowners to take a proactive approach in managing parking on their land and detail what outcomes they wanted for those that use their facilities.
'Landowners have a right to manage their property but at the same time must take responsibility when doing so', Patrick continued.
'Government now needs to take action. We brought a broad range of stakeholders, landowners and consumers together to get this moving and agreement for a single standards setting body was reached. It’s up to Government to announce a clear way forward.'
Built around the BPA's influential Parking Forum, those invited to the summit included the RAC Foundation, Disabled Motoring UK, DfT, DVLA, DCLG, Association of Town & City Management, Citizens Advice Scotland and Barry Beavis plus a whole host of other interested stakeholders representing landowners, operators and motorists.
Read DCLG’s summary of responses to their discussion paper by clicking the link below:
Department for Communities and Local Government, Parking reform: tackling unfair practices - Discussion paper and call for evidence, Summary of Responses
Further information on the BPA’s views can be found at www.britishparking.co.uk
Better regulation for the private parking sector
BPA Master Plan for Parking
Visit the BPA Media Hub or contact the Policy and Public Affairs Team direct: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01444 447 316
Notes to Editor
The British Parking Association (BPA), founded in 1970, is the largest independent professional association in Europe, representing 710 member organisations in the parking and traffic management profession. Members range from technology manufacturers and car park operators to local authorities and theme parks.
The BPA is dedicated to promoting and representing knowledge and standards in every type of parking facility, both on-street and off-street, and to bringing together the interests of Government, local authorities and commercial organisations, providing a forum for the exchange of information and ideas concerning parking.