BPA Testimonials

The BPA actively engages with a variety of stakeholders on a number of issues in our role of raising standards and promoting our membership and the wider parking sector. In the course of our engagement, we frequently leave a positive impression with the individuals and organisations who we interact with. Below are a selection of some of the positive feedback and comments we have received about our association, members and our work.

Lord Hunt of the Whirral:

“This Bill comes to us with comprehensive support from all quarters, including the trade bodies for the private parking industry and motorists’ groups. Andrew Pester, chief executive of the British Parking Association—one of the two existing membership organisations with a self-regulatory code and access to the DVLA database—has supported, “a single standard body, single code of practice and a single independent appeals service”. In his words, the Bill, “provides a unique opportunity to deliver greater consistency and consumer confidence”.

Yvonne Fovargue MP (Shadow Minister for Local Government):

“I am pleased the BPA is in favour of regulation. I am encouraged by the fact that it appears to be just as concerned as my constituents are in getting rid of rogue operator that taint the industry. That’s the way it should be.”

Stephen Timms MP:

“It was a pleasure to host the BPA’s President’s Reception at the Houses of Parliament, when my friend Zulfiqar Ali took on the BPA presidency. It was a chance for me to express appreciation to all those who wrestle with the challenges of squeezing more cars onto our urban streets. Parking management requires imagination, ingenuity and, at times a thick skin!. BPA members’ contribution to managing our towns is vital.”

Murdo Fraser MSP:

 “I have been in frequent contact with the British Parking Association, which is in favour of regulation whether it be in Westminster or Holyrood. I want to take the industry with me and the BPA’s input is very much a part of this.”

Baroness Thornhill:

“I rise to support the Bill in its genuine attempt to create a level playing field for all private parking providers. It appears to be largely uncontentious and to have the support of trade bodies such as the respected British Parking Association, which has regularly called for a single standard body, a single code of practice and an independent appeals service for all operators, regardless of the trade association the individual operators belong to. That is an important point.”

Lord Kennedy of Southwark:

“I am delighted to learn that the Bill has the support of the British Parking Association, the RAC Foundation and others in the industry. I look forward to it making swift progress through your Lordships’ House.” 

Rachel Maclean MP:

“It is a pleasure to speak in the debate and to give my support to this welcome and timely Bill, which I am pleased to see continuing its passage through the House. I am also pleased that it has the support of the British Parking Association and the RAC Foundation.”

Lord Tope:

“My Lords, I will try to be brief. The same amendment was tabled in Grand Committee but did not really get any debate. I have brought it forward here at the request of the British Parking Association to have it on the record and to have the Government’s response on the record. Local authorities, through the use of camera technology, including CCTV and automatic number plate recognition, want to provide new solutions for customers using their car parks…  This amendment would bring local authorities into line with other private sector car park providers, which are already using it, making it easier for all motorists to use any car park. ANPR technology, with its customer service benefits, such as pre-booking at airports...”

Michelle Donelan MP:

“In 2013, the British Parking Association published “Re-Think! Parking on the High Street”. Its findings showed that there is a key relationship between the quantity of car parking and footfall in town. If we want our towns to grow and develop, and to support businesses, we need more parking spaces.”

“I am delighted to support this Bill and, in turn, support the long list of constituents who have come to my surgeries to discuss private car parks. It is time we addressed these issues, and I am confident that this Bill will do so, by introducing a statutory code of practice. I echo the sentiment of Andrew Pester, the chief executive of the British Parking Association, who says that a single code. “…is important to ensure that unscrupulous providers don’t undermine the parking sector with bad practice.””

Neil O’Brien MP:

“It is brilliant that the Bill is supported by the industry. Andrew Pester, the chief executive officer of the British Parking Association, agrees that a single code is important to ensure that unscrupulous providers do not undermine the parking sector with bad practices.”

David Nuttall MP:

“In December 2010, the British Parking Association, which is the largest professional association in Europe representing parking and traffic management organisations, released a charter of best practice for parking in hospital car parks. Understandably, given the large number of disabled users, it set high standards. The Charter for Hospital Parking stated that hospital parking operators should provide ‘good lighting, high standards of maintenance for structures and surfaces, payment systems and equipment that are easy to use and understand, signs that are clear and easy to understand’ and ‘clearly marked parking bays.’”

Danial Zeichner MP:

“The British Parking Association has made a strong case for a single standard-setting body with an independent scrutiny board. It would deliver a single code of practice and a single independent appeals service for consumers”

“I also pay tribute to the advice that I have had, over the few years I have been following this issue closely, from the British Parking Association, which is a reputable organisation trying to achieve decent standards and a proper outcome for members. It has been looking for this kind of code for many years, and I very much hope that we will be able to get it on the statute book as soon as possible, because the longer we go on in the current situation, the greater the number of people who will suffer.”