Parking Charter launched to promote professionalism in Higher Education sector

- United Kingdom

Managing parking at universities and colleges is a complex and often politically challenging task. Given the limits on space, the costs involved and the demand for spaces, car parking needs to be managed properly.

To encourage good practice in the higher and further education sectors, the British Parking Association (BPA) have published a parking Charter, which is aimed at both managers of university and college facilities and car park operators. Its aim is to strike the right balance between being fair to all users whilst making sure that facilities are managed effectively for the good of everyone.

We believe in raising standards in parking management to deliver a professional service to the public. Providing, managing and charging for parking at higher and further education facilities needs to be seen in the context of delivering a better and fairer service to users.

The BPA aims to increase public confidence in parking management through the setting and raising of standards across the sector, believing that providing, managing and charging for parking at higher and further education facilities needs to be seen in the context of delivering a better and fairer service to users.

Whilst many people attending these education facilities, either as students, staff or visitors, expect car parking to be free, the limits on space, costs involved and demand for spaces means that car parking needs to be managed properly. Often the most effective way to do this is by charging for parking.

This recognises:

  • the value of a car parking space
  • the needs of other users of the facility
  • the environmental impact of driving and
  • the need to maintain and improve car parks by reinvesting income.

We believe that both managers of higher and further education facilities and car park operators should recognise the importance of professionalism in delivering their services and providing a high standard of customer care and we encourage both to sign up to this Charter and to abide by its letter and spirit.

About the British Parking AssociationBritish Parking Association

The BPA is the recognised authority in the transport sector and is dedicated to representing, promoting and influencing the best interests of the parking and traffic enforcement industry throughout the UK and Europe. We also publish a nine yearly journal 'Parking News'.

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