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Safe Parking Advice For Christmas Shoppers

British Parking Association : 17 December, 2010  (Technical Article)
The British Parking Association is issuing advice to UK motorists on safe and trouble free parking on Britain's streets and car parks
The British Parking Association (BPA) has published some important advice for motorists to consider when parking their cars during the festive period. During this period there is an increase in the use of car parks due to Christmas parties and other festive celebrations, as well as all those hitting the shops for the Boxing Day and New Year sales, and the BPA is urging motorists to take the following into consideration:-

* Most car parks in the UK are safe places. When choosing somewhere to park look for the blue and white tick of the Park Mark Safer Parking Scheme. Park Mark® car parks are Police Approved Safer Parking. This means the operator is providing Quality management with Good lighting, Effective surveillance and a Clean environment. There are almost 5000 in the UK. More and more operators are joining the Scheme and we recommend that if available, a Park Mark car park should be the motorists' first choice

* Don't leave presents or other valuables in your car longer than necessary; they can be a temptation to the opportunist thief and always keep them out of sight; don't leave anything on display that might attract unwanted attention

* Make sure you know the rules when parking your car: different rules will apply in different car parks: -

- Signs will tell what you can and can't do in the car park
- Check for time limits if any - and keep to them! Many car parks set time limits to ensure that spaces are not used all day by the same car and to ensure spaces are available throughout the day
- Check what the parking charges are if any - and pay them! Many parking areas are provided by private companies and these may have charges and rules to ensure that they are only used by their customers
- The Blue Badge Scheme for disabled people does not provide for statutory concessions in car parks but most public and private operators do provide reserved spaces for disabled people; they may not be free of charge however- do check

* Sometimes local Council car parks are managed by private operators. Make sure you know who is operating the car park and what the rules are

* Look out for special parking offers over the festive period. Some Councils reduce their parking charges or provide free parking over the busy shopping periods but do check the times of operation- otherwise normal rules and charges will apply

Chief Executive of the British Parking Association Patrick Troy points out "The Christmas period is often a busy time with lots of trips to see family or to do shopping. It's important that motorists take care and think about when and where they're parking. A well planned journey should include knowing where and when to park and use a Park Mark car park wherever possible; either way, motorists should make sure they know what the rules are when they leave their car on street or in a car park. It's easy to avoid a parking ticket - 'Don't park where you shouldn't and pay when you should!'

The BPA also offers the following advice:

* Remember that parking is still enforced in many places on bank and public holidays. Make sure you know what the rules are before leaving your car

* If parking in a car park run by a private company, for example, at a pub, at a retail park or at a supermarket, make sure it's run by a member of the BPA's Approved Operator Scheme. Members adhere to a Code of Practice ensuring that their signage is clear, and they work to a Code of Practice which sets standards for fair and reasonable parking management and enforcement.

* If you're not a Blue Badge holder, you don't have young children or you're not parking a motorbike, make sure you don't use spaces marked out for these motorists

If you do decide to leave your car overnight, make sure it's in a safe place and somewhere that rules allows overnight parking
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