There are two Approved Trade Associations (ATAs) allowed access to the DVLA database, the British Parking Association Ltd and the Independent Parking Committee (IPC) Ltd. Although The Parking Prankster does not agree with all of the IPC's policies, he does think they are the more forward looking, motorist friendly and fairer organisation of the two. In short, it is now the IPC who are defining the industry standard practices, not the BPA Ltd.
Given this, it is perhaps appropriate to investigate one of the larger organisations, ParkingEye, to see whether they measure up, and to see whether the IPC would allow them to become a member.
Here are the results.
Require sight of copies of all written authority with landowners.
Audit wording and design of signs
Require compliant entrance signage
Signage plan for all site
Requires a resolution to appeals within 28 days
Requires adherence to Equalities act 2010
Must have pre-estimate of loss calculations for all sites
Should have grace period of 1 month where changes occur or new sites commissioned
Additional signage required at entrance when signage changes
Must not use predatory or misleading practices
Grace periods before and after parking must be allowed
Well there you have it. The BPA Ltd recently published a risk register showing they would be in financial trouble if ParkingEye left them, and may have to adjust staff levels. Based on this analysis they have nothing to worry about. The BPA Ltd's lax attitude to enforcement mean that ParkingEye are likely to remain with them for the foreseeable future. ParkingEye simply do not measure up to the stricter requirements of the IPC.
The Parking Prankster