Thursday, 29 July 2010

Richmond scraps emissions-based parking charges

The London Borough of Richmond has scrapped its pioneering emissions-based car parking charges following a change of political administration.
Richmond's new cabinet member for traffic said the policy had been "complicated and confusing" and had not cut emissions.
Many drivers found the complexity of the system difficult to understand when parking and paid the wrong tariff. There has also been no clear evidence that the result has resulted in changes in vehicle ownership as had been hoped.
The Borough introduced the emissions-based residents parking scheme in controlled parking zones in April 2007. Permits ranged from £50 to £300 according to the emission class of the vehicle.The principle was extended to all on- and off-street council-operated parking in October 2009.

Wednesday, 7 July 2010

BPA Introduce Points-Style Initiative

The British Parking Association (BPA) has introduced a points style scheme of sanctions to ensure Approved Operators comply with its Code of Practice for managing parking on private land.
The scheme runs in a similar way to the points system for driving licences. Parking operators will be issued with points up to a maximum of 12 for contravening the BPA Approved Operator Code of Practice. If the maximum points are reached, the operator will automatically be fast-tracked to the BPA Council for a displinary hearing, which can result in expulsion from the scheme.

Benchmark Testing

Benchmark, the only independent source of security product testing data, has introduced a new website to allow installers, specifiers and consultants easier access to independent product performance test data. The new site includes simple-to-find tests and assessments from the publication.
Tests on the site include full ratings and results, and are split into CCTV, Access Control and Intruder Detection sections.
The site also includes Benchmark's Security Index, a quick guide to all the productsthat have achieved Recommended and Outstanding status, with quick links to the full tests.
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