Vertical Markets

Lorry park scheme

by Mark Rowe

Park Mark Freight is a new assessment managed by Police Crime Prevention Initiatives (PCPI, the UK police company) and the trade body the British Parking Association (BPA), covering lorry parks and facilities by measuring their services and operations.

Park Mark Freight builds upon the Safer Parking Scheme’s Park Mark Award. Park Mark is mainly aimed at the prevention of crime within the parking space and requires owners or operators to adopt an active management strategy to ensure that there is minimal occurrence of crime, say organisers. The freight industry – and its cargo theft – are not explicitly covered by Safer Parking Scheme Assessment Guidelines.

Facilities awarded the Park Mark Freight award will be subject to an annual assessment to see the standards required are maintained. To be granted Park Mark Freight, a parking facility must demonstrate low crime, measures in place for the safety of people and vehicles, good management and operations, and customer service.

Sara Fisher, Head of Operations and Business Development at the BPA, said: “There is an increased expectation for efficient, well managed and high-quality lorry parks and truck stop facilities to combat vehicle and cargo crime. We are delighted to launch Park Mark Freight with Police Crime Prevention Initiatives and look forward to awarding the Park Mark to facilities that can demonstrate the highest standards across their operations.”


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