Political Monitoring

The BPA monitors key political activity that affects and impacts on the parking profession. This helps us ensure we engage with the best contacts to influence them on behalf of our members. Here is the latest political activity that we have been monitoring:

Current Bills

Private Members Bill - Parking (Code of Practice) Bill 2017-19

Sponsored by Sir Greg Knight, this is a Bill to make provision for and in connection with a code of practice containing guidance about the operation and management of private parking facilities; and for connected purposes.

This Bill received its second reading on Friday 2 February 2018, it progressed on to Committee Stage which took place on the Thursday 19 July 2018.  You can read about it here

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Parking Places (Variation of Charges) Bill 2016-17

A Private Members Bill brought by David Tredinnick MP to make provision in relation to the procedure to be followed by local authorities when varying the charges to be paid in connection with the use of certain parking places.

This bill has been given royal assent on 27 April. To read the Hansard please click here. The bill has now become an Act. The Act does nothing without the supporting Regulations, which the Department for Communities and Local Government agreed to consult on with stakeholders.

For more information please click here.

The Automated and Electric Vehicle Bill 2017-2019

The Department for Transport has introduced a new bill which will grant the government power to require the installation of sufficient charge points at motorway service areas and at-large fuel retailers.  

For more information please click here.

The Contract (Third Party Rights) (Scotland) Bill

The Scottish Parliament are currently considering a Bill to reform Contract Law and Third Party Rights.

To read the Bill, click here.

The Vehicle Technology & Aviation Bill

The Bill – which had been provisionally titled the Modern Transport Bill –  includes a number of powers to improve the provision of electric vehicle charging and refuelling infrastructure in the UK, as set out in our recent consultation response. The Department for Transport has made an announcement about this here.

Recent Debates

Westminster Hall Debate: DVLA and Private Car Parking Companies. Brought by Kevin Foster MP on 21 March. To read the Hansard click here.

Recent Early Day Motions

An Early Day Motion (EDM) formal proposal submitted by a Member of Parliament for debate in the House of Commons at the earliest opportunity but at no fixed time. Early day motions are rarely actually debated: their main purpose is to draw attention to a particular subject or area of interest.

No-change Parking Machines

Sponsored by Greg Mulholland. For the wording of the EDM and signatures please click here.

Practices of Private Parking Operators

Sponsored by Drew Hendry MP. For the wording of the EDM and signatures please click here.

Committee news

Scottish Parliament - Lack of understanding leads to misuse of disabled parking, says Committee

Scotland’s disabled parking legislation is working well but more can be done to stop the misuse of parking places, a Holyrood Committee has claimed. Read at source 

Questions in Parliament 

Written Question by Lord Freyberg on the Workplace Parking Levy

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the Workplace Parking Levy in Nottingham; and what discussions, if any, are taking place to introduce workplace parking levies in other cities to tackle problems associated with traffic congestion and air pollution.

Asked by Lord Freyberg on 27 March. Please click here for the details.

Oral Question in the House of Lords: Disabled Parking

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what discussions they have held with central London boroughs about disseminating best practice in the provision of parking spaces, specifically for disabled people who live and work in central London.

Asked by Lord Skinkwin on 27 April. To read the Hansard click here.