Sent by email only: Mr Brand <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Our ref: FOI 637
26 July 2019
Dear Mr Brand
Thank you for your email of 9 June 2019 in which you request information on the
enforcement of parking restrictions at Tile Hill station car park, under the provisions
of the Freedom of Information Act. We set out our response below:
1. On what legal basis does Centro believe these Bylaws can be extended to Centro.
The West Midlands Combined Authority is a combined authority established by
statutory instrument under the Local Democracy, Economic Development and
Construction Act 2009. We formally came into being on on 17 June 2016.
On creation, we took over responsibilities for public transport in the West Midlands
Metropolitan County from West Midlands Passenger Transport Executive WMPTE,
who traded under the name Centro. WMPTE (Centro) was therefore disbanded. This
transport arm of our work operates under the name Transport for West Midlands
(TfWM). TfWM as WMPTE’s successor became signatory to existing contacts.
The Transport Act 2000 provides TfWM with powers to make byelaws on railway
In terms of Tile Hill Station Car Park, please define the areas where Cento believes the railway
bylaws apply, and, if relevant, the areas to which the bylaws do not apply.
The rail byelaws can be applied by TfWM in the car park areas shaded red in the
2. If there are any areas where Centro believes the bylaws do not apply, why does signage at
the car park(s) refer to the bylaws?
We are not aware of any signage inaccurately placed in areas where we have no
power to apply byelaws.
3. Please provide a copy of the Parking Service Contract with Vehicle Control Services Ltd
relating to this station, including and specifically identifying any terms that allow VCS to issue
proceedings as Centro's agent under the bylaws or otherwise as appropriate
We confirm Vehicle Control Services (VPC) provide car park enforcement services to
Transport for West Midlands. We are unable to provide you with a copy of the
contract as the terms and conditions of our contract with VPC are commercially
sensitive. Section 43(2) of the Freedom of Information Act exempts the release of
information if disclosure would, or would be likely to, prejudice the commercial
interests of any person, company, or public authority. In this case both our and
VPC’s commercial interests may be prejudiced by the release of the contract.
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