Given the vital importance of the COVID-19 vaccination programme, the British Parking Association (BPA) has issued updated guidance to its Approved Operator Scheme members.

As the NHS starts to rapidly increase the number of testing/vaccinations centres, BPA Approved Operators are considering the parking arrangements around these facilities. We are encouraging members to explore practical support measures for the NHS, including free parking sites and extended grace periods, already in place in many areas.

In the coming weeks and months, the elderly and those who are clinically vulnerable, and therefore the most likely to suffer the most, will be invited to attend a vaccination centre – this will be a stressful time for many. Effective parking management has an important part to play and a Parking Charge Notice should only be issued where necessary. If a PCN is issued to a motorist at a vaccination centre who can prove that they were attending that centre on the day of the parking event, the BPA expects the PCN to be cancelled.

Steve Clark, Director of Operations and Business Development said: “Our BPA Community continues to work closely with government and other stakeholders to support the national effort and our amazing NHS. We are proud of the contributions being made by our sector which includes many of our members providing free parking for NHS staff and critical care workers.”