Word is filtering through various forums that Town and City Parking have been suspended from the DVLA register as of 25/01/13. I mentioned last year that they were possibly under investigation by the DVLA over issues with their signs, and it appears that the DVLA have taken action.
The issue appears to be that Town and City parking have changed their name to Park Smarter Ltd. Although they can continue to trade as TCP, their car park signs need to reflect the name change. So it looks like until their signs have all been updated, they will no longer have access to the keeper database. This will make it nearly impossible for them to issue charge notices through the post. As Park Smarter run most of ASDA’s car parks, this could take a while to rectify.
This post on a motoring forum quotes an email, presumably from a DVLA official:
You are correct in saying that once Town and City Parking Limited was registered in December that name should not be used on the signage in car parks operated by Smart Parking Limited. They can however still use Town and City Parking as a trading name.
On 25 January 2012 we suspended access by Smart Parking Ltd to DVLA data until they have made the necessary changes. There is not a fixed or minimum term for this suspension.
While many of the forums that fight private tickets are very happy with this news, it’s probably worth noting that this kind of suspension can also result in parking staff losing their jobs.