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The Role of Local Authorities in Parking and Traffic Management


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. Since 2013 the Government has introduced changes to the use of CCTV to enforce parking restrictions, including a 10 minutes’ grace period and the right to challenge local parking policies.

A recent analysis of budgets (June, 2019) commissioned by the RAC Foundation found authorities expect to make a total surplus of £913m from parking activities in 2019-20, 4% more than the £877 million surplus councils budgeted for 2018-19. However, historically councils have underestimated money earned from parking activities by between 9% and 10% - suggesting the final profit for 2019-20 could set to make councils £1 billion for the first time from parking charges and penalties this year.

In response, Martin Tett, the Local Government Association’s transport spokesman, insisted that "councils are on the side of motorists and shoppers, …Councils don't make profit on parking charges. Any income raised through on-street parking charges is spent on running parking services and any surplus is only spent on essential transport projects…”.

Against this backdrop, 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.

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

09:15 Registration and Morning Refreshments

10:15 Chairs Introduction

10:30 Morning Presentations

The morning and afternoon speaker presentations will cover a range of areas, which may be explored further during Q & A. Delegates will also be encouraged to raise discussion topics during the open floor discussion in the morning and afternoon. These include any issues not covered by the below bullet points.

  • Supporting local authorities using data to improve transport – an update on the progress of the Local Data Action Plan
  • Learn about the new national parking data standards and the opportunities for local councils to make parking easier for drivers
  • The Government’s Road to Zero strategy - understanding how councils can develop comprehensive Electric Vehicle(EV) strategies
  • Case Study: How Councils can work with schools to reduce congestion during drop-off and pick-up times

11:30 Morning Coffee Break

11:45 Open Floor Deliberation and Debate

12:45 Networking Lunch

13:30 Afternoon Presentations

  • Review the RAC Foundation’s analysis on English councils parking income and if income raised is benefiting local economies and keeping traffic moving
  • Extending the Blue Badge scheme – learn about who will benefit from the expanded scheme, increasing greater public awareness of which groups are eligible for a badge and latest efforts in helping councils tackle Blue Badge fraud and misuse
  • Preventing disruption by rogue lorry drivers - Is there still a need for more effective traffic management powers?
  • The pros and cons of introducing workplace parking levies (WPLs) as part of a traffic reduction strategy

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 28-01-2020 9:30 am
Event End Date 28-01-2020 4:30 pm
8 Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5BY
8 Northumberland Avenue
8 Northumberland Avenue, London, WC2N 5BY

Pricing Guide

Private Sector, 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

Speakers Include:

Graham Hanson, Head of Smarter Traffic Management, Department for Transport (DfT)

John Elliott, Communications Officer, The Local Government Technical Advisers Group (TAG)

Anna Bailey-Bearfield, Policy and Public Affairs Manager, National Autistic Society

Luke Redfern, Regional Account Manager, Transport, Energy Saving Trust

Julian O'Kelly, Head of Technology, Innovation and Research, British Parking Association

Steve Gooding, Director, RAC Foundation

Tom Cotton, Head of Policy-Infrastructure England & Wales, Road Haulage Association Ltd

Dr Rachel Lee, Policy and Research Coordinator, Living Streets

Malcolm Powers, Director, Tegula Consulting and former Councillor and Cabinet Member



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The National Autistic Society is here to transform lives, change attitudes and create a society that works for autistic people.

We transform lives by providing support, information and practical advice for the 700,000 autistic adults and children in the UK, as well as their three million family members and carers.

We change attitudes by improving public understanding of autism and the difficulties many autistic people face. We also work closely with businesses, local authorities and government to help them provide more autism-friendly spaces, deliver better services and improve laws including our campaigning to change the Blue Badge rules.

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