Minister of State for Transport, Robert Goodwill MP announced a revised position on the use of CCTV in parking enforcement at the British Parking Association Parking Summit hosted yesterday (Thursday 27 February).

 

The Government had previously made its position on the use of CCTV very clear by expressly stating that it intended “to abolish the use of CCTV cameras for parking enforcement” as part of its recent consultation on Local Authority parking issued as recently as December last year. However, in a speech at yesterday’s summit, Mr Goodwill said, “Cameras can be more contentious than boots on the ground, so our consultation asked what options there are to address these concerns and I’d like to hear your thoughts…. Let me reassure you that, despite what some press reports claim, we have not already reached a decision. I will be looking at all the responses to the consultation carefully. We will not be taking any hasty decisions.”

 

The move was welcomed byPatrick Troy, Chief Executive of the BPA, who said: “There is a collective feeling across the parking sector that Government should be clearer about when and where CCTV is used, rather than simply banning it for the purposes of parking enforcement. Properly regulated CCTV makes life easier and safer for both motorists and local communities. It is good news, for motorists and local communities, that the Government is listening to the concerns of the sector and the case for providing better guidance on CCTV rather than banning it.”

 

Richard Burden MP, Shadow Transport Minister, highlighted that there was a need for evidence from the Government that there is a problem with CCTV adding that the premature banning of CCTV could have detrimental implications.

 

Other topics discussed at the summit included bailiff regulation and enforcement as well as the impact of the new ‘POPLA’ independent Appeals service for the enforcement of parking on private land.

 

The BPA is currently developing an Action Plan to take forward a number of key issues raised at the Summit and will publish shortly. 

 

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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.