Parking (Code of Practice) Bill reaches Committee Stage

The Parking (Code of Practice) Bill has reached the next stage in the parliamentary process and will be discussed today (19th July 2018) at the Palace of Westminster from 11:30. At Committee Stage, a select group of MPs will scrutinise the Bill line by line.

Sir Greg Knight MP’s Bill calls for a single, mandatory Code of Practice which will help ensure consistent and fair practices across all Accredited Trade Associations. It is vitally important that the Code of Practice as set out by this Bill delivers a positive outcome, so that consumers can trust that their experiences will be of a consistently high standard. At second reading in June, several MPs drew attention to issues relating to parking in their constituencies with many of these examples inevitably reference BPA members. Many of the Committee’s members are MPs that sponsor the Bill or that spoke at second reading, so it is likely that this will re-occur. As previously, we ask you not to be overly concerned by this but to realise that for the Bill to by successful and reach the next stage, MP’s need to demonstrate through their own experiences and those of their constituents that a step change is necessary.

Our engagement with Committee members and MPs continues and we have held meetings with Sir Greg Knight, Daniel Zeichner and Lilian Greenwood, as well as holding regular summits with the Department for Housing, Communities and Local Government. We were delighted that Parliamentary under Secretary of State in the Department, Rishi Sunak, recently addressed attendees at our President’s Reception and Daniel Zeichner gave a speech at Parkex. Chair of the Transport Select Committee Lilian Greenwood hosted and joined the discussion at the Parking Forum, our stakeholder engagement meeting.

We are pleased that each has also taken the opportunity to write for Parking News in 2018, showing their support for the Bill. Each recognises that the majority of operators play their part by supplying an easy, fair and transparent experience for motorists. They are also aware of our notable achievements in delivering a robust and coherent Code of Practice and an independent appeals service as the leading association in the sector.

We shall continue our engagement with Government and key stakeholders to press for a positive outcome in relation to the emerging Standards Body, its Code of Practice, auditing arrangements and appeals service. It is important to reiterate that this Bill is NOT the Code of Practice – it simply enables a Code of Practice to be created.

 

The full list of MPs sitting on this Committee is as follows;

  • Daniel Zeichner MP - Cambridge
  • Eddie Hughes MP - Walsall North
  • Gary Streeter MP - South West Devon
  • Giles Watling MP - Clacton
  • Graham Jones MP - Hyndburn
  • Greg Knight MP - East Yorkshire
  • Jeremy Lefroy MP - Stafford
  • Kevin Brennan MP - Cardiff West
  • Kevin Foster MP - Torbay
  • Kevin Hollinrake MP - Thirsk and Malton
  • Pete Wishart MP - Perth and North Perthshire
  • Rishi Sunak MP - Richmond
  • Stephen Doughty MP - Cardiff South and Penarth
  • Stephen Pound MP – Ealing North
  • Steve Double MP - St Austell & Newquay
  • Toby Perkins MP - Chesterfield
  • Yvonne Fovargue MP – Makerfield

To view proceedings today please follow this link

https://www.parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/d5550515-cce9-4185-83ec-754dadb7524a.

We will be attending the meeting to observe and report back on what was said and any agreed next steps.