The British Parking Awards is a showcase for innovative thinking, excellent management and personal achievements. And there is much to celebrate. This year saw over 120 entries compete for recognition in the British Parking Awards 2022.
The nature of the parking sector, which encompasses both the street and car parks, means the entries spanned the worlds of traffic management, technology, training, architecture and construction.
There were entries from local authorities, trade associations, charities and companies – often the submissions explore how public and private sector organisations work closely together.
In parallel to entries that describe policies, buildings, terminals and software, there are those that tell the stories of individuals and teams who work in the sector.
To see the 2022 finalists click here
The competition was launched by Parking Review in 2002 to celebrate excellence and achievement in a sector that provides an essential public service. This is not an over statement. It is the provision of parking that keeps towns and cities moving. Every car journey starts and ends with a parking manoeuvre, as do deliveries to shops and businesses. Effective parking management ensures roads are kept free of obstructions, reducing both traffic congestion and hazards to pedestrians.
And it is not just cars, vans and lorries that need parking – cycles and new mobility modes such as electric scooters require places to stop and be stored.
The importance of parking as a public utility became very evident during the pandemic, when it was parking teams who were vital to delivering the permit schemes for NHS and key workers, implementing cycling and walking schemes that enabled social distancing, and keeping business and retail deliveries running.
Parking teams are also helping resolve another health crisis. Parking professionals and technologies are playing a key role in delivering clean air schemes across the UK.
The role of parking teams in improving the street scene and delivering a better world will be reflected at the ceremony in the presentation of ‘Parking Rosettes’.
Moving forward, car parks and the kerbside are key to the transition to zero-emission vehicles via the provision of electric vehicle chargepoints. This trend is recognised in an award created by our sister magazine EVolution.
The jury of independent-minded experts drawn from across the parking and traffic sectors has assessed and discussed the entries to devise the short lists of finalists who will compete for the coveted trophies at a ceremony hosted by the talented comedian Kerry Godliman at the Royal Lancaster London on 19 October.
Mark Moran is editor of Parking Review magazine and co-founder of the annual British Parking Awards
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