Ernest Davies Award for Advancing Parking Knowledge

The Ernest Davies Award for Advancing Parking Knowledge was set up in 1994 with the aim of "encouraging younger members to communicate both verbally and in writing on matters relating to any aspect of parking in its broadest sense". Since then the rules have been adapted and we now welcome any written submission from a 12 month period. Further details on this year's prize are below.

Ernest Davies was a founder member of the BPA and served as Treasurer and Secretary in its first few years, and was President for 3 years up to 1979.  He was a journalist by profession, and was publisher and editor of Traffic Engineering and Control.  He also had a significant career as a politician, having entered parliament in 1945 and eventually becoming a junior minister.  He died in 1991. A biography of Ernest Davies can be found below. 

Ernest Davies Award 2013

We are now looking for submissions for the Ernest Davies Award 2013

Ernest Davies Award 2012

We are very pleased to announce the winner of the 2012 Ernest Davies Award for Advancing Parking Knowledge is Wasiu Seriki. His winning entry was entitled An Open Market and featured in October's issue of Parking News in 2011, page 12. Read An Open Market in Parking News - October 2011

Ernest Davies Award 2011

The BPA is pleased to confirm the winner of the Ernest Davies Award for 2011is Simon Fogg. The winning article, "The Invisibility Cloak of Parking" can be read here . It was originally featured in Parking News, page 31, Febuary 2011 edition.

Competition Details


Entrants may submit a piece on any aspect of the parking industry. This can be a technical piece, an innovative piece, an article about an achievement – by an individual, a team of employees or a company – a humorous article, or indeed any article relating to an aspect of the parking industry.

Any author may qualify including previous winners (unless they have indicated they wish to be excluded). 


The article must not

  • be significantly changed by the editor of Parking News overtly. promote a particular product or service.
  • simply be a progress report.
  • be written by one of the judges.
  • be written by a professional journalist.
  • be written by a PR professional on behalf of themselves or others.
  • be written by BPA staff.
  • be written outside the qualifying period (for 2011 this will be between August 2010 and the deadline).

 Additionally, articles 

  • must be substantially the author’s own work (joint authorship is allowed).
  • may be commissioned articles for which an ‘Honorarium’ or similar payment is paid by the BPA.
  • may be a case study.

The judges' decision is final.

Where the judges are unable to agree on a winner, their comments and resulting recommendation(s) will be put to the Chair (or another member) of the Communications and Marketing Advisory Panel who will make the final decision.


The judges will be the editor of Parking News, the Chair or another member of the Communications and Marketing Advisory Panel, the current junior vice president, a council member and a BPA director

The Prize

All shortlisted entrants will receive an invitation to attend the BPA Members’ Dinner.

The winner receives:

  • A trophy
  • A listing in the Ernest Davies Award Roll of Honour for award winners.
  • The article (if not already published) will be reproduced in Parking News and on the BPA’s website


  • Certificates may be issued for highly commended entries at the discretion of the Chair of the Communications and Marketing Advisory Panel

Submissions should be made to Sarah Juggins, editor of Parking News at 

Ernest Davies 

1902 - 1991

Journalist and Politician

Ernest Davies "Editor and Publisher of Ludgate Hill" was one of the subscribers listed on 20 April 1970, in the British Parking Association Memorandum and Articles of Association. He and the late Kenneth Bloom were major figures in the founding and subsequent operation of the British Parking Association.

Ernest went on to become Secretary as well as Seminar Organiser and General Factotum, running the Association from his Newman Street office. The Parking Newsletter, edited by Keith Lumley at that time, was published from that address.

Ernest became President of the Association in 1977 an office he held until 1980 when he was elected to Honorary Membership of the British Parking Association. His awareness of political and planning trends, together with his many contacts in those fields, proved of immense value to the Association.

Ernest Davies was the Founder Publisher of Traffic Engineering and Control and the journal's Editor from its first issue in May 1960 until January 1976. It was he who recognised the opportunity for a dedicated publication providing a specialist focus for what was, in the UK more than 30 years ago, the relative infant discipline of Traffic Engineering. It was by the vigor of his early stewardship that the journal - bravely ventured as an independent initiative - prospered to earn its international reputation.

Ernest's early career was in journalism and publishing. As a young man in the early 1920's he traveled to the United States finding work on the New York Globe and on local papers in Massachusetts. Twenty years later, during the Second World War, he traveled more widely in the UK, working for the BBC and becoming eventually its North American Service Organiser. In 1929 he helped resuscitate a Socialist monthly, The Clarion, co-edited it for three years and wrote a regular column.

Ernest's political career was unsuccessful at the 1935 General Election but his political writing continued. The State of the Railway (1940) was one of several pamphlets written for the Labour Party and the Fabian Society on the nationalisation of transport, its future structure and policy, advocating in particular the need for an overall transport policy. In 1945 he entered Parliament, representing the Enfield Division of Middlesex, and almost immediately was invited to be Chairman of the Parliamentary Labour Party's Transport Group. It was a position he was to hold from 1945 to 1950 and again from 1951 to 1959.

Ernest recognised the most exciting and fascinating period of his political career as being his service 1950 ­1951, as Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Foreign Office, Deputy first to Ernest Bevan and afterwards to Herbert Morrison. He was a member of the UK delegation to the United Nations General Assemblies 1947 - 1949, and to the Geneva Conference of the Freedom of Information and the Press in 1948.

He was promoted to Junior Minister Rank with Battle’s return to power after the 1950 General election. He represented HMG at the Four Power Agenda Talks in Paris in 1951, where his opposite number from the Soviet Union was an intransigent Mr. Grimy. Happier were his meetings with Marshal Tito - Ernest's friendship with Yugoslavia was cemented by his being Chairman, 1957 - 1980, of the British Yugoslav Society and its Vice President 1980 - 1991.

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