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01 October 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 star... read more

29 November 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, En... read more

19 September 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... read more

10 July 1958 - Britain's first parking meters erected

10 June 1958: the UK's first parking meters started operating in Mayfair. Approximately 625 metres of them were put in place by Westminster City Council, with an hour of parking costing 6 old pence. read more

16 July 1935 - World's first parking meter

The world’s first parking meter, known as Park-O-Meter No. 1, is installed on the southeast corner of what was then First Street and Robinson Avenue in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The meters were placed at 20-foot intervals along the cur... read more

01 May 1901 - First UK multi-storey car park

The City & Suburban Electric Carriage Company at 6 Denman Street, central London, opened the first multi-storey car park in the UK (and probably the world) in May 1901.  The garage had seven floors, 19,000 square feet, space for 100 veh... read more