01 October 2012 - BPA introduces POPLA the independent appeals service

POPLA, Parking on Private Land Appeals was launched on 1 October 2012. Ombudsman Services took over as the service provider for POPLA from London Councils on 1st October 2015. In August 2010, the Coalition Government announce... read more

07 March 2011 - County Mall Crawley counts low rates of car park crime

The County Mall Shopping Centre in Crawley has once again been successful in retaining their Safer Parking Award Scheme Park Mark®, following the recent annual re-assessment by Trevor Cox (Sussex Police Accredited Assessor) and Mike Bibby (D... read more

08 July 2008 - First Female BPA President

Lynn Witham: President of the BPA from 2008 to 2009.  Lynn Witham officially became the first female President of the British Parking Association, taking up the post on 8 July 2008 at that year's Presidents' Reception. Lynn, who s... read more

09 October 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 an... read more

02 June 2004 - BPA Holds First Ever Scottish Event

On 2 June 2004 the BPA repeated their Spring Seminar programme for 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 Scotland... read more

01 May 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 message to drivers that a particular car park was... read more

12 October 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 onl... read more

01 October 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 February 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 t... read more

15 May 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 t... read more