January 9, 2019
People’s Parking, the accreditation scheme designed by Helen Dophin MBE, has just achieved an industry first. People’s Parking, which primarily aims to improve parking for customers by enabling them to find a car park which meets their needs, recently launched a dual electric charging/disabled bay at a car park in Salford.
Alongside co-founder Libbie Bilyard, Helen proposed the idea for the dual bay when making improvements to the People’s Parking accreditation.
Helen said: “Within the accreditation we look at provision for electric vehicle charging. I’m only too aware of the increasing growth of electric vehicles and although I don’t have an electric vehicle myself, I knew that as a disabled person I would struggle to get out of my car in a standard sized bay.”
The dual electric charging/disabled bays can only be used by Blue Badge holders who are charging their electric vehicles and are a brilliant and well thought-out addition to Helen and Libbie’s scheme.
Alongside the new dual accreditation, the Salford car park also achieved the People’s Parking accreditation. The accreditation aims to improve car parks for customers by highlighting those with facilities for disabled people, parents, commuters, cyclists, motorcyclists, EVs and those who drive wheelchair accessible vehicles or camper vans. People’s Parking also strives to drive up standards in the parking industry as all car parks achieving the accreditation will need to demonstrate that they have good signage and pedestrian routes, are well lit, clean and managed. The location of the car park is also noted to make parking easier for people who are new to an area.
Sean Fenney, NCP Head of Operations for Manchester, commented:
“At NCP we work very closely with Helen to really understand the needs of our disabled customers and to try to make our sites the best we possibly can. We were really pleased to be able to add our first dual electric charging bay for our disabled customers, as we expect that to be a very real need in the near future.”
There are hundreds of car parks in the scheme which have met the accreditation’s high standards all over the UK. People looking to find their perfect car park should visit the website www.peoplesparking.org.