Investigation finds 'no illegal activity’ from parking firm

Investigation finds 'no illegal activity’ from parking firm

Investigation finds 'no illegal activity’ from parking firm

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Reporter

A car parking company placed under investigation by an industry watchdog following a complaint by Bradford Council has been cleared of any illegal behaviour.

West Yorkshire Parking Enforcement (WYPE), a private company based in Bradford, was reported to the British Parking Association by the Council in January for allegedly issuing parking tickets without appropriate warning signs.

Although cleared of using illegal signage, the company is now said to have agreed, in conjunction with the Council and the BPA, changes to where its signs are displayed across various city centre sites.

A BPA spokesman said the claim against WYPE, a member of the association’s ‘Approved Operator’ scheme, had been treated “extremely seriously”.

“I can confirm that following our investigations, no illegal activity was established,” said the spokesman.

“We sent our area managers to each of the locations to assess the situation and file a report. We then discussed the situation with WYPE and have come up with what we believe to be appropriate solutions.

“WYPE has agreed to reposition its signage, and we have also suggested that members of WYPE and the Council Highways Department walk around all WYPE sites in the city, to check if anything else needs to be done.”

As a result of the changes, a WYPE sign in Hallgate will be moved from the front to the left-hand side of a fence, so that it no longer faces the roadway, and in Salem Street, a sign high up on the wall facing the street will be moved around the corner into a private car park.

In Upper Piccadilly, a no parking sign will change to a sign indicating private property, to distinguish a private courtyard from the main road, and in Grammar School Street, no parking signs currently displayed on a private building will be changed to indicate no parking within the curtilage of the property.

The initial complaint in January had related to Summerville Road in Bradford, where motorists said they had been issued tickets without warning signs, but this area was not mentioned in the findings of the investigation.

A spokesman for Bradford Council, which had already reported WYPE for using illegal signage prior to January’s investigation, said: “We will continue to ask Council wardens to monitor the situation, and if they spot anything of concern, we will liaise with the BPA to try to resolve any issues.”

At the time of the complaint, a spokesman for WYPE said the firm would work closely with the BPA to resolve the matter. No-one at the company was available to comment on the findings of the investigation.

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10:10am Mon 31 Mar 14

U5ern&me..... says...

QUOTE;
''The initial complaint in January had related to Summerville Road in Bradford, where motorists said they had been issued tickets without warning signs, but this area was not mentioned in the findings of the investigation.''

From what I've heard it was that they was no warning signs that the rules for parking had changed overnight so the people who park there regular had presumed the parking was the same as the day before.............
Money making as per usual,
This makes your blood boil as the charge is way too much for an error that does not cause distress to human life but yet the courts charge £15 victim surcharge to offenders!!! Were is that fair?
QUOTE; ''The initial complaint in January had related to Summerville Road in Bradford, where motorists said they had been issued tickets without warning signs, but this area was not mentioned in the findings of the investigation.'' From what I've heard it was that they was no warning signs that the rules for parking had changed overnight so the people who park there regular had presumed the parking was the same as the day before............. Money making as per usual, This makes your blood boil as the charge is way too much for an error that does not cause distress to human life but yet the courts charge £15 victim surcharge to offenders!!! Were is that fair? U5ern&me.....
  • Score: 9

11:23am Mon 31 Mar 14

DBC says...

What do you expect from the BPA? It's not a regulator. It's just a cosy member's club financed by the parking "industry". Of course they won't find anything wrong with this company, otherwise they might leave and join another private parking club.
What do you expect from the BPA? It's not a regulator. It's just a cosy member's club financed by the parking "industry". Of course they won't find anything wrong with this company, otherwise they might leave and join another private parking club. DBC
  • Score: 5

11:58am Mon 31 Mar 14

Fight_Back says...

Firstly ANY invoice ( they aren't really tickets ) from a private parking company does not have to be paid. It is a con and courts are now regularly throwing out these unlawful claims. Use Google on how to get these charges cancelled. NEVER PAY.

Secondly, the BPA is a cosy den of thieves that supports these fake invoices. Have a guess how they are funded ? You've got it - members like WYPE pay membership fees to them - the BPA NEVER rule against their own members.

Finally, the BPA are misleading the public by suggesting they have the power to decide if a sign is illegal or not - THEY DON'T. All they are is a trade association not a regulatory body.
Firstly ANY invoice ( they aren't really tickets ) from a private parking company does not have to be paid. It is a con and courts are now regularly throwing out these unlawful claims. Use Google on how to get these charges cancelled. NEVER PAY. Secondly, the BPA is a cosy den of thieves that supports these fake invoices. Have a guess how they are funded ? You've got it - members like WYPE pay membership fees to them - the BPA NEVER rule against their own members. Finally, the BPA are misleading the public by suggesting they have the power to decide if a sign is illegal or not - THEY DON'T. All they are is a trade association not a regulatory body. Fight_Back
  • Score: 9

2:51pm Mon 31 Mar 14

bd7 helper says...

It's all about meeting targets and ticket anyone
It's all about meeting targets and ticket anyone bd7 helper
  • Score: 2

3:46pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Simply the truth. says...

If its private property, don't park on it
If its private property, don't park on it Simply the truth.
  • Score: -3

4:05pm Mon 31 Mar 14

DannyMan says...

Why on earth is the council raising allegations of criminality with the British Parking Association Ltd.? The BPA Ltd. is not a regulator of any description, it is merely a private members' club for the knuckle-dragging scammers and ex-clampers who infest the private parking so-called industry.

Allegations of illegality are a matter for the police and/or Trading Standards, the BPA Ltd. has no competence or authority to investigate them. Actually the BPA Ltd. has no competence or authority full-stop, but that's another story.

Bradford Council really ought to know better.
Why on earth is the council raising allegations of criminality with the British Parking Association Ltd.? The BPA Ltd. is not a regulator of any description, it is merely a private members' club for the knuckle-dragging scammers and ex-clampers who infest the private parking so-called industry. Allegations of illegality are a matter for the police and/or Trading Standards, the BPA Ltd. has no competence or authority to investigate them. Actually the BPA Ltd. has no competence or authority full-stop, but that's another story. Bradford Council really ought to know better. DannyMan
  • Score: 4

4:59pm Mon 31 Mar 14

yezboss says...

BPA not fit for (any) purpose.
BPA not fit for (any) purpose. yezboss
  • Score: 1

10:45pm Mon 31 Mar 14

BierleyBoy says...

Which company does Bradford Council use for it's parking enforcement? Shouldn't they be looking at how they fleece the motorist?
Which company does Bradford Council use for it's parking enforcement? Shouldn't they be looking at how they fleece the motorist? BierleyBoy
  • Score: 0

10:55pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Simply the truth. says...

I was fined by this company as I parked in a disable bay without displaying my disable badge at a doctors surgery. However I appealed the fine and provided a copy of my disable badge and the fine was recinded. The service I received was excellent and inbelive the council can learn from this company as the council and advisors are **** right arrogant.
I was fined by this company as I parked in a disable bay without displaying my disable badge at a doctors surgery. However I appealed the fine and provided a copy of my disable badge and the fine was recinded. The service I received was excellent and inbelive the council can learn from this company as the council and advisors are **** right arrogant. Simply the truth.
  • Score: -3

12:26am Tue 1 Apr 14

Papa Smurfs Wig says...

Simply the truth. wrote:
I was fined by this company as I parked in a disable bay without displaying my disable badge at a doctors surgery. However I appealed the fine and provided a copy of my disable badge and the fine was recinded. The service I received was excellent and inbelive the council can learn from this company as the council and advisors are **** right arrogant.
You committed an offence in their eyes because you are meant to display the badge and the clock card. If you licence is the wrong way around then they'll do you. Parking services are terrible to deal with and some of thrm are very arrogant and cocky.
[quote][p][bold]Simply the truth.[/bold] wrote: I was fined by this company as I parked in a disable bay without displaying my disable badge at a doctors surgery. However I appealed the fine and provided a copy of my disable badge and the fine was recinded. The service I received was excellent and inbelive the council can learn from this company as the council and advisors are **** right arrogant.[/p][/quote]You committed an offence in their eyes because you are meant to display the badge and the clock card. If you licence is the wrong way around then they'll do you. Parking services are terrible to deal with and some of thrm are very arrogant and cocky. Papa Smurfs Wig
  • Score: 0

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