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Money tap turned off by firm’s misleading car-park signs

[15 Sept 2012] Get ready to congratulate parking company boss Mike Perkins for being elected to the British Parking Association (BPA) ‘approved operator scheme’ board, which supervises the activities of private parking companies and awards ‘sanction points’ against companies in what the BPA claims is its strict disciplinary regime. Perkins is the operations and strategy manager of Combined Parking Solutions – always good to have industry people policing industry people.

So it’s time to have a look at his company's website, where the illiterate and badly punctuated rubbish that infests parking-company signs is on display for all to see. It quotes Perkins as saying:

‘It was an honour in being voted onto the AOS member board, I hope that I can bring my knowledge and share my experiences with the industry as we move into this new and exciting time of parking enforcement, Combined Parking Solutions has always faced the challenges it faced head on.’

He goes on: ‘The Become recognised as the leading authority on parking enforcement on private land and in unregulated car parks, working to raise standards of performance for the good of operators and motorists alike.’

What? Who knows what this rhubarb means?

Less than happy news of Perkins’ company now reaches me, taking the gloss off his elevation to chief BPA milk monitor. Combined Parking Solutions’ car-park signs have been deemed so misleading that even the dopey civil servants at the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) have decided to ban them. The DVLA has just suspended the firm’s access to motorists’ names and addresses, cutting its income from parking-charge penalties to virtually zero overnight and meaning drivers can safely ignore the non-fines that the company imposes for supposedly breaking car-park rules.  [cont]

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