New Special Interest Group for Local Authorities

The British Parking Association (BPA) and National Decriminalised Parking Association (NDPA) are combining forces to create a Local Authority Special Interest Group (LASIG) within the BPA.
The new special interest group will represent Local Authority members and promote best practice in the industry. The first meeting will be held on 24 October 2007.

Local Authorities face many issues in both on and off-street parking and civil enforcement. The new group will act as a forum for LA members, support the work they do and offer guidance and advice. The coming together provides an opportunity for greater networking and working in parallel with other special interest groups, sharing ideas and experience. The BPA will continue to lobby Government, on behalf of the group, to ensure that policies represent the ever growing parking sector.

The group is open to all LAs who are already part of the BPA and NDPA. Local Authorities joining the BPA after the merger will automatically become a member of the special interest group.

Keith Banbury, Chief Executive of BPA said: Parking and its enforcement is an important issue for Local Authorities. Public confidence is a key driver to ensure proper management and that actions on-street are fair and reasonable. It is a positive move to merge the two groups, combining expertise and knowledge, to create real solutions that are in the best interest of both the public and Local Authorities.

Ken Ellcome, Chair of NDPA commented: Working with the BPA means we can drive issues forward and ensure we are setting and raising the standards in parking. We all recognise the importance of supporting Local Authorities in parking management, helping them to communicate regulations to the public and ensuring motorists receive a consistent service throughout the country.
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