The Irish Parking Association (IPA) and The British Parking Association (BPA) have joined forces to outline their objectives for parking professionals across the island.
Different laws apply between north and south, but the collaboration has drawn out common issues that will be used as a means of fostering greater co-operation between the associations.
Keith Gavin, Chairman of the IPA said: “maintaining standards across the profession is our highest priority and by adopting best practice we will ensure parking provision and enforcement are kept in line with the rest of the UK and Europe.”
Gavin’s experience in the parking sector began in 1995 and during his time as chair, he is keen to collaborate with government departments and public agencies to properly regulate the sector and ensure highest levels of professional standards in the industry.
Simon Richardson, Chair of the BPA Northern Ireland Group said: “The aim is to focus on consistency so that whether you are north or south of the border, you can expect an accepted standard of service, which applies whether you are a member of the public, supplier or colleague. We are particularly keen to promote innovation, technology and sustainability as we adapt to outside influences.”
The Master Plan for Parking sets out the IPA’s and BPA’s priorities for what it must do to achieve success in the parking community. It is distributed to national politicians and stakeholders to highlight the sector’s issues and attempt to address them in collaborative and informative ways.
About the BPA
The British Parking Association (BPA), founded in 1970, is the largest independent professional association in Europe, representing 710 member organisations in the parking and traffic management profession. Members range from technology manufacturers and car park operators to local authorities and theme parks.
The BPA is dedicated to promoting and representing knowledge and standards in every type of parking facility, both on-street and off-street, and to bringing together the interests of Government, local authorities and commercial organisations, providing a forum for the exchange of information and ideas concerning parking.