The BPA's Approved Operator Scheme (AOS) launched in October 2007.

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A scheme for BPA members that are involved in parking enforcement services on private land or in unregulated public car parks, the AOS was created after the DVLA announced it would only provide vehicle driver details to companies that joined an Accredited Trade Assocation.

Transport Minister, Dr Stephen Ladyman MP, said: "This initiative will help us clamp down on unscrupulous people who abuse the system to make money out of innocent drivers. I fully support the Approved Operator Scheme and welcome the fact that the BPA is DVLA's first Accredited Trade Association."

The BPA wrote a Code of Practice that members of the AOS would have to abide by to remain a member. Those who did not comply with the Code could have their BPA membership suspended, or even terminated.

Keith Banbury, then CEO of the BPA, said: This collaboration is a long time coming. Now that we have launched the Code and announced our Approved Operator Scheme, the public can look forward to a fairer, more transparent and regulated regime for parking on private land. There are companies operating in ways that are unacceptable, and the public is both confused and concerned. Our aim in extending our regulatory role in the parking industry is to reward good practice and drive out bad, leaving only legitimate companies undertaking fair and proper enforcement."