01 October 2014

Park Mark celebrates 10 years of safer parking

Happy Birthday! Park Mark celebrates 10 years of safer parking

2014 is the 10th anniversary of Park Mark and the Safer Parking Scheme and 1st October is the official Birthday.

A real parking success story, the Safer Parking Scheme is a national standard for UK car parks that have low crime and measures in place to ensure the safety of people and vehicles. The coveted Park Mark is awarded to each car park that achieves the challenging standards.

We all know that parking is an issue for drivers. They want easy access to their destination where they can quickly find a space that is stress-free to park in. They also want to feel safe as they walk to and from their car and that their vehicle will not be stolen or vandalised while it is parked. Park Mark helps drivers find car parks where they can confidently leave their car, knowing the environment is safer for people and vehicles.

In the UK a quarter of car parks have been assessed under the Safer Parking Scheme and achieved the Park Mark award. That’s nearly 5,000 of an estimated 17,000-20,000 car parks across the country where people regularly park their vehicles. Most British car parks are safer places, most of the time. But not all! Park Mark® helps drivers tell the difference. Its bright blue box and big white tick are designed to stand out, giving drivers assurance they are choosing a safer place to park.

Each car park undergoes a rigorous assessment by specially trained police assessors. Those achieving the award have management practices and security measures that actively reduce crime. They look safer, they feel safer and they are safer!

Park Mark accredited car parks can be found at train stations, hospitals, universities, town centres, shopping centres, leisure centres, airports, supermarkets, banks and office blocks and a brand new website and car park finder has been launched to enable drivers to search for their nearest accredited car park. Visit www.parkmark.co.uk to find out more.

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