Standards and legislation

There are many areas of legislation that cover different areas of parking, as well as Codes of Practice and other measurable standards. We have divided the information and resources roughly into the areas they cover, although there may well be some overlap. If there is a piece of legislation or set of standards that you feel should be included here, please let us know.

Traffic Management Act 2004

The Traffic Management Act 2004, Part 6 relates to the civil enforcement of parking contraventions. Currently approximately 270 of the 326 English local authorities have civil enforcement powers (a link to a list of these is below).

An overview of the whole of the Traffic Management Act 2004 can be found on the Department for Transport’s website, as well as summary of its features.

Operational Guidance for Local Authorities

Part 6 of the Traffic Management Act 2004

Civil Enforcement of Parking Contraventions (England) Representations and Appeals Regulations 2007
Civil Enforcement of Parking Contraventions (England) General Regulations 2007
Application for Civil Parking Enforcement and Bus Lane Enforcement

Advice on procedures for making special events orders:

Approved Device Certifications  

A list of certifications granted by the Secretary of State for Transport for "approved devices" (CCTV and associated evidence, recording equipment, etc) under the Transport Act 2000 and the Traffic Management Act 2004.

Local authorities with Civil Parking Enforcement (CPE) powers outside London  

A list of local authorities with CPE powers outside London can be found here.

Parking on private and unregulated land

Clamping and towing away on private land, where there is no lawful authority, was banned on the 1st October 2012 as part of the Protection of Freedoms Act. Further information on this new piece of legislation can be found here. Additionally, members of the British Parking Association’s Approved Operator Scheme are required to adhere to a Code of Practice.

Park Mark – the Safer Parking Scheme

The BPA run the Safer Parking Scheme on behalf of the Association of Chief Police Officers.

The Scheme is aimed at reducing crime and the fear of crime in parking facilities and the award is given to parking facilities that have met the requirements of a risk assessment conducted by the Police.

Download the Assessment Guidelines for the Scheme.

Healthcare Parking Charter

Backed by the NHS Confederation and the Healthcare Facilities Consortium, the BPA have created a Charter for Healthcare Parking.

The Charter is designed to help and encourage NHS Trusts to provide parking management systems that are fair for all. The issue of parking management at hospitals is a hot topic, regularly debated, and in response to this the BPA has produced guidelines to help Trusts and car park operators deliver effective and efficient parking for users – many of whom have particular needs.

Contact British Parking Association

British Parking Association T: 01444 447 300
Stuart House, 41-43 Perrymount Road F: 01444 454 105
Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH16 3BN E: