What We Do

As the recognised authority within the parking profession, we represent, promote and influence the best interests of the parking and traffic management profession throughout the UK and Europe. We also manage initiatives for the sector including the Safer Parking Scheme (on behalf of the Association of Chief Police Officers), the Approved Operator Scheme (for those managing parking on private, unregulated land) and our stakeholder engagement group, the Parking Forum.

We place the consumer at the heart of our thinking and as the recognised authority in parking we actively represent and promote the sector by advancing knowledge, raising standards and professionalism, and using our influence to deliver excellence for the benefit of all.

We work with stakeholders, members and government to support growth for our communities, improve compliance by those managing and using parking facilities, and encourage fairness to achieve our vision of excellence in parking for all. We are committed to promoting innovation, technology and sustainability, and will drive up standards to continue to make parking a recognised profession.

Our achievements over the last 12 months:

  • Established the Safer Bus Station Scheme, which follows the same principles as the Safer Parking Scheme, but works to improve the security of bus stations, bus interchanges and coach stations. 9 Bus Stations on the Scheme 
  • Established BPA Lawline providing all of our members with access to advice from a market leading law firm who are familiar with the challenges faced by the parking profession. 74 enquiries were received over the last year. This service continues to grow from strength to strength and we are now piloting BPA PRline. 
  • We partnered with Disabled Motoring UK to administer, manage and market the Disabled Parking Accreditation. Since April 406 car parks have been accredited.
  • Collaborated with the Department for Transport on the UK traffic signs policy review and the emerging draft Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2016
  • Campaigned for better control of footway parking
  • Led on research to explore future mobility, and launched ‘Parking 20:20’ to encourage innovation and explore how the profession can become active, rather than passive, in an era driven by rapid technological developments
  • Raised awareness of Park Mark and the need for safer parking
  • Held over 40 meetings for members to get the latest insight into the parking profession, network with like-minded colleagues and stakeholders
  • Continually represented the views of members in local and national media and responded to 20 government consultations
  • Delivered four highly influential Parking Forum events to engage government and stakeholders in discussions on parking and transport matters
  • Facilitated a proper debate about the management of parking on private land, at the Parking Summit, with more than 80 delegates representing consumer groups, governments, local authorities, private parking companies and adjudication services, plus a whole host of other interested stakeholders representing landowners, operators and motorists.
  • Delivered Parkex 2016 providing a more connected conversation about the future of parking and traffic management. We are committed to the continual development of our flagship show, introducing new features for the benefit of visitors and exhibitors each year.
  • Funded 4 vital pieces of research into parking that will help transform services for motorists, support well managed high streets and parking provision   



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