About the Association

Parking has a major influence on people’s travel decisions and technology is revolutionising the way people travel. Proper and effective parking & traffic management is vital in our towns and cities. As society evolves and the likelihood of congestion increases, it is important to encourage public acceptance and adoption of advances and innovations in new technology to enable delivery of parking solutions and services which contribute to a mobile society.

The BPA is making it a priority to ensure that the parking profession maximises the benefits of emerging technologies and applications to help make parking better as part of everyone’s integrated journey. 

Who are the British Parking Association?

The BPA is the largest, most established and trusted professional association representing parking and traffic management in Europe. The Association is the recognised authority within the parking profession which uses its influence to represent the best interests of the sector. The BPA also provide an extensive range of membership services to support parking professionals & organisations in their day-to-day work.

Our diverse membership community of around 700 organisations includes technology developers & suppliers, equipment manufacturers, learning providers, consultants, structural & refurbishment experts, local authorities and parking on private land operators including retail parks, healthcare facilities, universities, airports and railways stations.

The Association engenders collaboration between stakeholders, members and government to support growth for our communities, improve compliance amongst those managing and using parking facilities, and encourages fairness and consistency to achieve the vision of excellence in parking for all. We are committed to promoting innovation, technology, growth and sustainability, and continue as always to promote the very highest of standards with the aim of making parking a recognised profession.

The BPA is a not-for profit organisation and a company limited by guarantee.

Any surplus income arising from the work of the Association is reinvested back into the Association’s work or put into a reserve fund to ensure our work to raise standards and encourage professionalism can continue when income levels vary. The BPA has no shareholders and does not pay any dividends. 

Meet the BPA staff


What do we do?

As the recognised authority within the Parking Industry, the BPA represents, promotes and influences the best interests of the parking and traffic management industries throughout the UK and Europe.

As well as this work, the BPA provides its members with a range of benefits, all aimed at helping the parking professional in their day to day work.

Read more about some of the work the BPA has done in the past twelve months


What don’t we do?

The BPA is a membership association and not a regulatory body. This means that whilst we will address any concerns raised about our members’ working practices, we do not have the resource to deal with complaints about individual enforcement notices.

Information on what you can do if you have a complaint can be found on our Know Your Parking Rights website.


How do we achieve our aims?

We aim to achieve our objectives by:

  1. Promoting and representing our members’ views of the parking, traffic control and enforcement sector to Government and other interested parties and to influence their policies, as the recognised authority for the sector.
  2. Promoting the exchange of views and to encourage and support the development of Best Practice within our sector.
  3. Ensuring our membership fully reflects the parking sector.
  4. Ensuring good management of the BPA as a non-profit making organisation, to develop a clear understanding of the needs and expectations of our members and to use the resources available effectively and efficiently to meet these needs.

Read the BPA's Mission and Vision here.

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