Parking Forum

Informing and influencing government is a key BPA Business plan objective. The Parking Forum will engage with all UK ‘Parliaments and Assemblies’, as well as politicians in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

About the Parking Forum - Parking Forum Member Area

Mission
It is the mission of The Forum to:

  • be recognised as the source of expertise for anyone with an interest in the design, economics and regulation of parking and traffic management
  • inform and influence government on matters relating to the design, economics and regulation of parking and traffic management 

Vision
The Forum will use the collective experience, knowledge and expertise of its members to influence debates involving parking and traffic management matters. The Forum will actively seek to raise awareness of current issues and provide important information to help key decisions and policies made in government at both a local and national level.  The Forum will continue to seek engagement with stakeholders who have similar objectives, with the overall aim of delivering a considered and respected voice in relation to parking and traffic management matters.

Aims & Objectives
The Forum enables the BPA to work with other organisations with an interest in parking and traffic management issues and to build consensus on such issues. It aims to: 

  • Enable collaborative work to influence government policy and other decision-making bodies
  • Provide a forum for representatives of external stakeholder groups with an interest in parking (even if this is not their main business) to discuss parking matters of mutual interest
  • Identify major parking matters and raise awareness of these to policy and decision makers, e.g. central government, local authorities, enforcement agencies, public transport and freight operators and other key stakeholders in the wider community
  • Assist in resolving conflicts in policy
  • Promote and publicise best practice and aid further research into parking related matters

The Forum meets quarterly and is chaired by the current President of the Association. The BPA provides the Secretariat and The Forum operates under the Chatham House rule

Forum membership is made up of individuals that represent a stakeholder organisation or group which has a keen interest in parking issues. Current membership includes representatives from: central and local government, transport operators (rail, coach, bus & the servicing and deliveries sector), motoring and consumer organisations, planners, technical institutions and research organisations.  In addition, members of the BPA’s Council of Representatives may attend as observers, so too may Honorary BPA members.

In addition to the existing membership outlined above, the BPA would like to welcome to the Parking Forum representatives from organisations representing Sustainable Transport, Intelligent Transport, Event Management, Education, Culture, Sport and Health Care and Transport Manufacturing sectors.

Position Papers - The Forum have to date published a number of Position Papers covering a wide range of topics and providing a consensus view of the key issues affecting the parking sector today.

Topics are decided in advance by the group and are closely related to the BPA's Master Plan for Parking. Access our position papers here.

For further information please contact David Smith.

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