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The Future Role of Local Authorities in Parking and Traffic Management

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RoadPeace is the national charity for road crash victims in the UK. We provide information and support services to people bereaved or seriously injured in road crashes and engage in evidence based policy and campaigning work to fight for justice for victims and reduce road danger.

Set up in 1992 by a mother whose son was killed by a red light offender, we are a membership organisation whose work is informed by the needs and experiences of road crash victims.


Since 1995 local authorities in England have been allowed to control parking enforcement in their areas from the police, with almost all local authorities having now assumed these powers. In 2013 the Government introduced changes to the use of CCTV to enforce parking restrictions, including a new 10 minutes’ grace period and the right to challenge local parking policies.

In 2017, motoring research charity the RAC Foundation highlighted that English councils made a record £819 million from parking operations during the 2016-17 financial year - a 10 percent increase on the 2015/16 surplus of £744 million. In addition, campaigners have criticised councils for imposing heavy-handed fines and fees.

Responding to the findings, Martin Tett, the Local Government Association’s transport spokesman, claimed councils must “strike a balance” when setting charges in a bid to ensure there are parking spaces available.

He said: “(Parking charges) help not only keep the roads clear but keep pedestrians, motorists and cyclists safe and ensure people can park near their homes and local shops.

“Income raised through on-street parking charges is spent on running parking services and any surplus is only spent on essential transport projects, such as tackling our national £12 billion roads repair backlog and creating new parking spaces.”

Against this backdrop of intense scrutiny, new technology is radically changing the parking sector providing local authority parking services with the opportunity to adapt to increasing expectations of an efficient, user-friendly service, and at a time of huge pressure to reduce costs, forward-looking local authorities are implementing smart parking to improve services for customers and reduce operating costs.

Furthermore, the adoption of the Positive Parking Agenda initiative allows local authorities to focus on parking management rather than just enforcement.

With new technology and innovation changing the way parking services are managed and delivered, and with parking playing an increasingly important role in creating and maintaining attractive, safe and healthy communities. This timely CEPHAS Public Policy Communications symposium provides an invaluable opportunity for local authorities, central government and businesses to identify ways councils can work with government and industry to ensure parking and traffic management delivers a high-quality customer experience and enable them to be prepared for an increasingly technological future.

Order of the day

09:30 Registration and Morning Refreshments

10:15 Chairs Introduction

10:30 Morning Presentations

The morning session will focus on smart parking and other technological innovations that are improving the customers’ experience and efficiency of parking in our towns and cities.

  • Local Authority Data - Assess the value of data and how it can be used to improve parking and traffic management 
  • Discuss how local authorities are already implementing smart parking, improving services for consumers and reducing operating costs
  • Explore the benefits to local communities by improving technology in Council car parks
  • Case Study: Developing technology to allow for a more targeted approach to traffic enforcement
  • Share ideas on the potential impact to the local authority parking sector from the next generation of autonomous and connected vehicles

11:30 Morning Coffee Break

11:45 Open Floor Deliberation and Debate

12:45 Networking Lunch

13:30 Afternoon Presentations

The afternoon session will look at the latest policy and funding updates affecting the sector.

  • Review the latest policy updates including extending the Blue Badge scheme and parking for disabled people in England
  • Why towns need effective parking management
  • Understand the Positive Parking Agenda, its aims and key priorities
  • Seeking better protection and respect for Civil Enforcement Officers (CEOs) – discuss what more can be done to reduce verbal and physical assaults on CEOs

14:30 Afternoon Coffee Break

14:45 Open Floor Deliberation and Debate

15:45 Chair’s Closing Remarks and Networking Reception

16:30 Close

Who should attend?

Please note the below list is not exclusive, therefore do not be discouraged from attending this event if your organisation or job title is not listed below.

  • Local Authority Parking and Traffic Management Teams
  • Road Hauliers
  • Delivery Companies
  • Traffic Signs and Signalling Providers
  • Police
  • Civil Enforcement Officers
  • Transport Police
  • Local Authority Traffic Managers
  • Highway Maintenance Leads
  • Public Transport Officers
  • Infrastructure Officers
  • Highway Network Managers
  • Councillors
  • Intelligent Travel Managers
  • Traffic and Design Managers
  • Transport Planners
  • Community Safety Managers
  • Parking Management Contractors
  • Town Centre Managers
  • Road Safety Managers
  • Public Service Transport Operators
  • Transport Consultants
  • Traffic Commissioners
  • Deputy Traffic Commissioners
  • Utilities Companies
  • Goods Vehicle Operators
  • Transport Managers
  • Bus and Coach Operators
  • Emergency Service Professionals
  • Local Government Environmental Specialists
  • Senior Project Officers – Sustainable Travel
  • Transport, Access and Safety Leads
  • Blue Badge Operators
  • Transport Entitlement Officers
  • Operational Service Planning Managers
  • Parking and Business Service Teams
  • Transport Planning and Review Officers
  • Directors of Economy and Environment
  • Principal Transport Officers
  • Passenger Transport Authorities
  • Quality Monitoring Managers
  • Transport and Procurement Managers
  • Sustainable Travel Managers
  • Patient Transport Managers
  • Community Transport Services
  • Rural Transport Groups


Event Properties

Event Date 29-01-2019 9:30 am
Event End Date 29-01-2019 4:30 pm
Central Government Departments and Executive Agencies, NDPBs Register Now
Local Authority, Public Education Bodies, Police, Fire Services and NHS Bodies, National Charity, Regional Charity Register Now
Local Charity and Voluntary Organisations, Community Organisations Register Now
Broadway House, Westminster
Broadway House
Broadway House, Westminster

Pricing Guide

Central Government Departments and Executive Agencies, NDPBs Local Authority, Public Education Bodies, Police, Fire Services and NHS Bodies, National Charity, Regional Charity Local Charity and Voluntary Organisations, Community Organisations


1 Place £375

2+ Places £325 each


1 Place £285

2+ Places £255 each


1 Place £185

2+ Places £165 each

Private Sector

1 place £950



Graham Hanson, Head of Smarter Traffic Management, Department for Transport

Graham Titchener, Councillor to British Parking Association and Head of Service for Parking Services, York City Council

Cllr Rachel Eden, ACMA, Director, Holy Brook Associates, Local Government Association, Reading Borough Council

John Elliott, Communications Officer and Vice Chair, National Transport Committee, The Local Government Technical Advisers Group (TAG)

Iain Steane, Transport Policy Team Leader, Southampton City Council

Emma Mahy, Managing Director, IoT Solutions Group

Cllr Ian Dalgarno, Executive Member for Community Services, Central Bedfordshire Council

Graham Footer, Chief Executive, Disabled Motoring UK

Manny Rasores, Parking Consultant, Mr. Parking

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CEPHAS Public Policy Communications Ltd
Comer business & innovation centre
Building 3
North London business park
Oakleigh Rd South N11 1GN