Sue McQuinn says…
Meeting ParkingEye/ULHT 12/04/19 Update – Part 2
I’ve kept this separate as it covers rather different areas from Part 1
The contract ULHT has with ParkingEye gives all the income from payment machines to ULHT. The only income ParkingEye gets, as I understand it, is from PCNs.
Govuk guidelines state “Contracts should not be let out on any basis that incentivises additional charges, eg ‘income from parking charge notices only.’”
ULHT says this means that the contract shouldn’t incentivise ULHT by giving them (ULHT) income from PCNs.
My interpretation is that Govuk guidelines are saying no party to the contract should be incentivised to issue PCNs. How can ParkingEye not be, given that PCNs are their only source of income?
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
I have asked to see a copy of the contract via an FOI request & it’s currently with their legal dept. for a decision.
I asked if they had checked that ParkingEye staff were not incentivised to reject appeals – they said they had been told ‘no.’ Excuse my scepticism but ParkingEye would say that wouldn’t they?
I don’t have an legal expertise so I’ve asked someone with a legal background to take a look at the wording of the guidelines to see what they think.
If it seems that ULHT have ignored the guidelines (and they are only that), I’ve been advised by the BPA (BRITISH PARKING ASSOCIATION ) my next option would be to take it to the Health Dept / Health Secretary.
ANPR IMPACT ASSESSMENT
BPA guide to Parking Management on Private Land gives guidelines on “Assessing the Impact of ANPR on your Parking Operation” including where a system is operated by or on behalf of a public authority (such as a university or hospital with a private car park).
When I asked about this, I was rather surprised by their reaction. There was some shoulder shrugging & muttering about it being ‘private land.’
When I asked if a copy could be made available, Ian said ‘I will ask.’ This morning I’ve sent a copy of the BPA guidelines and reminded him about my request.
DDA APPROVAL & CERTIFICATION OF PAYMENT MACHINES
I asked if the Glyde machines used by ParkingEye were DDA compliant. They said they had been told they were. I asked if I could see a copy of the approval/certification document. I was told that, as far as they were aware, these aren’t issued. I need to do further investigation on this but I’d appreciate any information from anyone who is familiar with the area.
PLEASE KEEP SIGNING AND SHARING THE PETITION – IT’S STILL AN IMPORTANT REFLECTION OF HOW PEOPLE VIEW THIS SYSTEM.