Bromley Council accused of setting targets for parking fines

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BROMLEY Council has come under fire following claims of alleged parking enforcement malpractice.

The authority, which last year made millions in revenue through motorists, was one of the London boroughs said to be setting targets for fines, with one lawyer describing the set up as “arguably illegal”.

A BBC investigation reported it has seen a contract between Bromley Council and parking company VINCI Park that appears to encourage ticketing through financial reward. 

Stautory guidance was added to the Traffic Management Act in 2008 that states performance should not be a measured by the number of penalty charges issued, but Bromley Council is said to pay VINCI £20 per Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) once a baseline of 72,000 is hit.

Colin Smith, Executive Councillor for Environment, said he was “appalled by the subjective poor quality of the programme” and Bromley Council said it “has never set targets for revenue from parking enforcement income”.

A response posted online added: “The purpose of specifying a number of penalty charge notices is to monitor the work of our contractor, and it is only one of a number of indicators used to measure performance.”

The council also said its contract began before guidance was drawn up. It said: “The council’s parking enforcement contract commenced in 2006, predating the Statutory Guidance by two years,” adding its lawyers are “content with the integrity of the contract”.

A VINCI Park spokesperson said in response to the claims: “Our contract for parking services in Bromley was drawn up by the council in accordance with its code of practice and the recommendations of its lawyers.

“As a contractor working for the Council we fulfil the terms of its contract.”

“We work closely with our colleagues at Bromley Council to ensure we provide the best possible parking services for the area, as part of a combined strategy.”

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1:42pm Wed 29 Jan 14

goldenbroomboy says...

Bromley Council's lawyers may well be "content with the integrity of the contract”, it does not necessarily mean that it is legal. If lawyers were always correct there would be no arguments in court.
Bromley Council's lawyers may well be "content with the integrity of the contract”, it does not necessarily mean that it is legal. If lawyers were always correct there would be no arguments in court. goldenbroomboy

3:10pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Gypo.Joe says...

If you cant afford the fine just don't park on the yellow line.

Owzat !
If you cant afford the fine just don't park on the yellow line. Owzat ! Gypo.Joe

6:23pm Wed 29 Jan 14

white rabbit9 says...

It's a company and a company operates for 'profit'. You don't contract with the company then there's nothing they can do as you have broken NO CRIMINAL LAW. LAWFUL vs LEGAL.
It's a company and a company operates for 'profit'. You don't contract with the company then there's nothing they can do as you have broken NO CRIMINAL LAW. LAWFUL vs LEGAL. white rabbit9

6:43pm Wed 29 Jan 14

white rabbit9 says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
If you cant afford the fine just don't park on the yellow line.

Owzat !
If you can't afford to live then kill yourself? Thinking like yours leads to the third reich!
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: If you cant afford the fine just don't park on the yellow line. Owzat ![/p][/quote]If you can't afford to live then kill yourself? Thinking like yours leads to the third reich! white rabbit9

7:28pm Wed 29 Jan 14

Gypo.Joe says...

white rabbit9 wrote:
Gypo.Joe wrote:
If you cant afford the fine just don't park on the yellow line.

Owzat !
If you can't afford to live then kill yourself? Thinking like yours leads to the third reich!
"Arbeit macht frei"
[quote][p][bold]white rabbit9[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: If you cant afford the fine just don't park on the yellow line. Owzat ![/p][/quote]If you can't afford to live then kill yourself? Thinking like yours leads to the third reich![/p][/quote]"Arbeit macht frei" Gypo.Joe

7:29pm Wed 29 Jan 14

HearTheFacts says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
If you cant afford the fine just don't park on the yellow line.

Owzat !
Gypo.Joe how much do you know about parking law?. Parking on a yellow line, well is the yellow line legal?. Does it meet the requirements of the law?. It maybe a yellow line, but does it have the road side plate, detailing time of operation?.

As I have an understanding of parking laws, and won many appeals. Also proven that council's work in the basis that many motorists pay up and shut up.

I would suggest you read up on parking law, you may learn something!.
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: If you cant afford the fine just don't park on the yellow line. Owzat ![/p][/quote]Gypo.Joe how much do you know about parking law?. Parking on a yellow line, well is the yellow line legal?. Does it meet the requirements of the law?. It maybe a yellow line, but does it have the road side plate, detailing time of operation?. As I have an understanding of parking laws, and won many appeals. Also proven that council's work in the basis that many motorists pay up and shut up. I would suggest you read up on parking law, you may learn something!. HearTheFacts

8:54am Thu 30 Jan 14

PaulErith says...

Gypo.Joe wrote:
If you cant afford the fine just don't park on the yellow line. Owzat !
I couldn't agree more! If you park on a yellow line or fail to pay in a 'Pay & Display', then what do you expect?
[quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: If you cant afford the fine just don't park on the yellow line. Owzat ![/p][/quote]I couldn't agree more! If you park on a yellow line or fail to pay in a 'Pay & Display', then what do you expect? PaulErith

10:20am Thu 30 Jan 14

Lets agree to agree says...

Im going to follow 2 bromley wardens in and around Beckenham now as ive seen one of them parking on a yellow line in his car then ticket the high street ,so we want this on film to upload it on to YouTube
Im going to follow 2 bromley wardens in and around Beckenham now as ive seen one of them parking on a yellow line in his car then ticket the high street ,so we want this on film to upload it on to YouTube Lets agree to agree

9:51pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Gypo.Joe says...

HearTheFacts wrote:
Gypo.Joe wrote:
If you cant afford the fine just don't park on the yellow line.

Owzat !
Gypo.Joe how much do you know about parking law?. Parking on a yellow line, well is the yellow line legal?. Does it meet the requirements of the law?. It maybe a yellow line, but does it have the road side plate, detailing time of operation?.

As I have an understanding of parking laws, and won many appeals. Also proven that council's work in the basis that many motorists pay up and shut up.

I would suggest you read up on parking law, you may learn something!.
I'm know enough not to be stupid enough to get a parking ticket.

It aint rocket science is it. I don't give the slippery cants an excuse, end of story.
[quote][p][bold]HearTheFacts[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gypo.Joe[/bold] wrote: If you cant afford the fine just don't park on the yellow line. Owzat ![/p][/quote]Gypo.Joe how much do you know about parking law?. Parking on a yellow line, well is the yellow line legal?. Does it meet the requirements of the law?. It maybe a yellow line, but does it have the road side plate, detailing time of operation?. As I have an understanding of parking laws, and won many appeals. Also proven that council's work in the basis that many motorists pay up and shut up. I would suggest you read up on parking law, you may learn something!.[/p][/quote]I'm know enough not to be stupid enough to get a parking ticket. It aint rocket science is it. I don't give the slippery cants an excuse, end of story. Gypo.Joe

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