TAPA to consider aligning PSR standard with new European Commission safe parking programme
TAPA launched its Parking Security Requirements (PSR) 12 months ago, a tiered certification programme for PPOs to help drive significant growth in the number of secure parking sites in Europe and the wider EMEA region.
October 28, 2019
By PLA Editor
Similarly, the EU has listed secure parking places for trucks and commercial vehicles as one of its top priorities, having identified that truck operators and drivers in Europe are confronted with an insufficient number of parking facilities and often park in non-secured zones or unsafe locations, increasing the risk to driver safety as well as vehicle and cargo thefts. Its ‘Safe & Secure Parking Places for Trucks’ study has now defined an action plan with a certification framework and funding opportunities to increase the overall number of safe parking places and to help optimise existing capacity.
The EC’s Safe & Secure Truck Parking Audit will be available later this year and offer a one-stop website for parking place owners, auditors and audit entities. The EU will share more information of its funding programme at a conference in Brussels on 7 November.
Last year, TAPA’s Incident Information Service (IIS) recorded its highest-ever number of incidents involving criminal attacks on vehicles parked in unsecured locations. These 2,342 crimes in the EMEA region accounted for 58.8% of incidents reported to the Association in 2018. This upward trend has escalated further in 2019, with half-year data showing a further 167.6% year-on-year rise in crimes in unsecured parking places.