The Disabled Parking Accreditation (DPA) is owned by Disabled Motoring UK (DMUK) and in April 2016 we took on the administration and management of the accreditation.

We already manage the Safer Parking Scheme's Park Mark and we feel that the DPA will compliment this extremely well. Audits will be conducted by BPA Area Managers currently responsible for Park Mark assessments who examine the physical aspects of the car park and check that the right management practices are in place.

DMUK launched the DPA in June 2014. The accreditation is primarily aimed at improving parking for disabled people and reducing abuse of disabled spaces.  It requires owners/operators to adopt an active management strategy to ensure that there is minimal occurance of disabled bay abuse, there are facilities suitable for disabled people and that recognition is made of the extra time taken by disabled people in the form of a concession.

The purpose of the DPA is to:

  • Ensure the accessible bays provided meet Building Regulation size
  • Provide guidance to owners, operators and developers of parking facilities on the suitable number of accessible bays to be provided
  • Ensure disabled motorists can use the car park with ease
  • Raise awareness among the general public that the owner/operator has considered and, where appropriate, taken action and introduced measures to ensure the parking facility is suitable for disabled motorists
  • Provide an easy way for disabled motorists to locate a car park which is suitable for their needs
  • Reduce disabled bay abuse
  • Ensure disabled people are not penalised for the extra time taken when using parking facilities
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