Parking Scotland Expo

 A Stirling Performance - A review of the Parking Scotland Expo 2018 

Parking professionals from far and wide once again descended on the Golden Lion Hotel, Stirling for the Parking Scotland Expo 2018, attracting its biggest audience to date, with over half the Scottish authorities represented. The event opened with an informative plenary session delivered by the Chair of the Parking Scotland Group – Michael Brady, BPA President – Zulfi Ali, Richard Boultbee of IPS, Gold Event Sponsors and a special address from Murdo Fraser MSP. Murdo provided an update on his Proposed Regulation of Privately-Operated Car Parks (Scotland) Bill and its dependence on the Scottish Government adopting proposals into Transport Bill and the potential implications of Sir Greg Knight’s Westminster Bill. Following a networking break, George Henry and Sharon Wood from Transport Scotland took to the stage, with attendees glued to the update on the Transport (Scotland) Bill. How the proposed Bill could impact pavement and double parking, enforcement and the assessment of roads were all discussed and an outline of the next parliamentary steps for the Bill were outlined.

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Mid-morning, delegates had the choice of two streams – Stream 1 focusing on today’s parking landscape and Stream 2 taking a look at the parking world of the future. Andrea Partridge of Paths for All, introduced those in Stream 1 to the Smarter Choices, Smarter Places grant scheme. With the vision of creating a happier, healthier Scotland, the scheme looks to promote more journeys travelled by walking cycling, car-sharing and public transport. Stream 1 concluded with a detailed update from Kerry Brown at Parking and Bus Lane Tribunal for Scotland, on the new online appeals system. Kerry took a number of questions from the floor and addressed some of the issues encountered by users since its implementation in July of this year.

Low Emission Zones (LEZ) and EV Charging were the topics in store for those attending Stream 2. Group Chair Michael Brady and his colleague Vincent McInally kicked things off with an overview of why Low Emissions Zones are so important to the future of Scotland’s road network and the phased approach Glasgow City Council is taking to rolling out the first LEZ in Scotland by 2022. EV is a hot topic and we had James McKemey from PodPoint and Parveen Begum and Mark Maurice from Solisco on hand to outline what the future EV landscape could look like and how implementing renewable EV solutions such as solar can be a cost-effective solution to meet the ever-increasing demand.

The content continued to flow in the afternoon, with Peter Lowe, Representative of the BPA TRO Workgroup and John McArdle, BPA Council Member detailing the need for the digitisation and mapping of TRO’s. The TRO Working Group has bought together stakeholders playing key roles in this area to work towards a single standardised digital model of TROs and is currently awaiting DfT funding approval.

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Another BPA Council Member – Graham Titchener concluded the presentations for the day with a summary of the work achieved by the Positive Parking Agenda. Working towards changing perceptions, challenging misconceptions about the parking sector and local government’s role and making the parking experience better for everyone, local authority parking managers and senior officers are pledging their support, and you can too!

Rounding off the programme was a panel session led by Group Chair Michael Brady with contributions from Shane Manning of the Highlands Council and Zulfi Ali – BPA President. Discussions centred around the end of silo working and how collaboration across a board range of authority departments is required to ensure we continue to deliver the best parking services possible.

 2018 Programme

Delegates, speakers and exhibitors were invited to the Parking Scotland Blooming Great Drinks Party, sponsored by IPS, to unwind and relax after a busy day of learning and networking, with the proceeds of a raffle – £189.55 donated to Marie Curie, the BPAs corporate charity.


We would like to say a huge thank you to the event sponsors, IPS and DRP for their support of the 2018 event


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