The British Parking Association (BPA) has now been administering the Disabled Parking Accreditation (DPA) on behalf of DMUK since April 2016. Since then over 200 more car parks have been accredited, with new applications coming through every week.
To achieve accreditation owners/operators must adopt an active management strategy to ensure that there is enforcement and appropriate provision of disabled bays in place, as well as adequate facilities for their disabled customers in their car parks. The DPA is open to local authorities and private operators alike
One of the most recent car parks to be accredited was the Belfrey Shopping Centre in Redhill, Surrey, which also has the Park Mark award. Park Mark is a national standard for UK car parks that have low crime and measures in place to ensure the safety of people and vehicles.
Andy Nash, Centre Manager, said:
“We are proud that the Belfry has yet again been recognised as a highly safe shopping destination. As a shopping centre which actively works to provide easy-to-use disabled parking facilities so that everyone can enjoy their visit, we are also delighted to receive the award from Disabled Motoring UK.”
All the disabled parking accredited car parks are listed on our website www.dpaccreditation.org.uk where you can enter a postcode or town name, in the ‘Find a Car Park’ feature, to find your nearest car parks. We hope that being able to find an accessible car park in an area before setting off on a journey will reduce anxiety about parking for disabled motorists. More car parks are being added every week, so if there currently isn’t a car park in an area we advise people to keep checking.
Working with the BPA
The momentum that has gathered since the charity began working with the BPA has proved to the charity that the choice to work with them in progressing the DPA really was the best decision.
Chief Executive of DMUK, Graham Footer, said:
“The DPA is now progressing at a much faster rate thanks to our relationship with the BPA. Working in partnership has meant that car parks can achieve the accreditations in a more efficient and effective manner than previously. Disabled motorists benefit from identifiable accessible parking, which is searchable online so choosing somewhere to park has never been easier.
Being able to sign up over 200 car parks in just seven months is a real achievement and I’d like to thank everybody at the BPA for their hard work in helping us accomplish this. The charity’s vision for the DPA was to improve car parks so that disabled people could trust when they arrived at a car park they could access it and that the disabled bays would be properly enforced. With the help of the BPA we hope this vision will be a reality much sooner than we could achieve it by working alone.”
Kelvin Reynolds, Director of Policy & Public Affairs said:
“The BPA is pleased to assist DMUK in their campaign to highlight car parks with accessible bays and good management. The Blue Badge is an on-street concession only so finding disabled parking off-street can be a challenge in some places.
The BPA is in daily contact with owners and operators and therefore able to discuss the requirements and make recommendations to make parking easier for disabled motorists.”