About the Association

In 2020 the BPA celebrates its 50th Birthday. Founded by eminent political leaders and major players from UK parking in 1970 who had the vision of collaboration and sharing knowledge for mutual benefit and the common good: today we carry on with that work with over 700 members from every sector of the UK parking community. In the 1970s there was a major expansion of town centre parking and many of Britain's multi storey car parks were built in the twenty years that followed. In our big Cities, on-street parking had been managed for over ten years with Britain's first parking meters and traffic wardens in Mayfair, London in 1958.

The 1970’s and 80’s saw a major expansion in the provision of off-street car parks and extending on-street parking controls to cope with the burgeoning increase in car ownership. In the 1990’s local authorities became even more involved in the direct management of on-street parking as enforcement powers were transferred from police and traffic warden services to local authority parking attendants across the UK. This coincided with a major increase in BPA membership, the launch of Parkex and a corresponding increase in the Association’s desire to promote knowledge and share best practice across the parking community.

Today, the Association’s 700 members include local authorities, those providing and managing parking at hospitals, universities, retail and leisure centres, towns and city centres, rail stations and airports. Then there are those who provide products and services to them and the motoring public alike such as apps, payments systems, and other technology designed to make the parking experience a better one, not forgetting those who are designing and building the car parks of the future.  With 39 million vehicles on Britain’s roads, and increasing every year, it is essential that parking is provided, well managed, and that it works.

Find out more about

Joining the association

History of the association