Perth and North Perthshire MP, Pete Wishart has received a constructive response from the parking trade association, the British Parking Association (BPA), after raising his concerns with them over Smart Parking’s operations in his constituency.
Mr Wishart wrote to Patrick Troy, the Chief Executive of the British Parking Association, earlier this month to raise specific concerns about the activities of Smart Parking Ltd in Perth, but also about the under-regulation of the industry as a whole.
After receiving an initial response from Patrick Troy, Mr Wishart said:
“I am pleased to hear that the British Parking Association will be raising my concerns about Smart Parking directly with the company in their capacity as the trade organisation.
“I intend to work together with my colleagues in the Scottish Parliament, at Westminster and the BPA to explore better regulation of the private parking industry. I was reassured that the Chief Executive agrees with my view, that the parking industry requires better regulation.
“I continue to be alarmed at the lack of response from Smart Parking to the individual cases that I have been raising with them. I hope that this intervention from the BPA might encourage them to take action.
“I will be seeking a meeting with the British Parking Association alongside other colleagues who have raised similar concerns over private parking operators the length and breadth of Scotland.”