09/10/2007 - BPA Launches Approved Operator Scheme

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

02/06/2004 - BPA Holds First Ever Scottish Event

On 2 June 2004 the BPA repeated their Spring Seminar programme from that year, The Decriminalised Decade, in Scotland. The event took place at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre in Glasgow, with delegates in attendance from Scotlan... read more

01/05/2004 - 'Park Mark' Launched

Born out of the old Secured Car Park Scheme, Park Mark became the quality mark of the new Safer Parking Scheme. The Park Mark logo was envisaged as a way to give a clear and recognisable means of letting drivers know a particular car park was sa... read more

12/10/1994 - The Ernest Davies Memorial Award

In 1994 the BPA launched the Ernest Davies Award – or Ernest Davies Memorial Award as it was originally known – to advance parking knowledge. The award’s namesake, Ernest Davies, was a journalist by profession so it seemed only... read more

01/10/1974 - First Automatic Pay on Foot Car Park in the UK

Oxford introduced the first fully automatic pay on foot system in October 1974 in Westgate car park as part of its balanced transport policy. Drivers collected a ticket at entry barriers, took the ticket with them while they shopped, paid at a pay... read more

24/02/1971 - First AGM as a fully fledged Association

The BPA’s first Annual General Meeting as an LLC took place on February 24 1971 and was held at the De La Warr Suite of the Royal Commonwealth Society in London. Chairman E.Kenneth Bloom gave his annual report to attendees. He noted the ste... read more

15/05/1970 - British Parking Association becomes a Limited Liability Company

On 15 May 1970, the British Parking Association officially became an Limited Liabilty Company (LLC). When British Parking Association was incorporated as a company limited by guarantee, the initial subscribers had to define the objects of the Ass... read more

01/10/1969 - First Parking Newsletter

October 1969 saw the distribution of the first newsletter from the British Parking Association - what would one day become the current magazine, Parking News. The newsletter began with the words: "With this newsletter we are starting out what we... read more

29/11/1967 - Formation

The British Parking Association was formed on 29 November 1967, with members representing all sections of the parking industry. This included Local Authorities, Development Boards, Parking Operators, Equipment Manufacturers, Contractors, Engi... read more

19/09/1960 - Traffic wardens deployed in UK for the first time

19 September 1960: The London Borough of Westminster deployed 40 traffic wardens in central London, patrolling the streets to check for illegally parked cars. The traffic wardens, dressed in distinctive yellow-banded caps, handed out fines to the... read more