Four of HIAL’s carparks have recently been recognised for commitments to providing accessible and safe parking, receiving both the Disabled Parking Accreditation and the Park Mark. These airports are Dundee, Inverness, Stornoway and Sumburgh.
Disabled Parking Accreditation is owned by the independent charity Disabled Motoring UK and managed and assessed by the British Parking Association. It is assessed against strict criteria including accessible bays, signage, accessible routes to the bays, accessible methods of payment and entering and exiting, and good lighting. It also recognises that enforcement measures are in place.
The Park Mark is the Safer Parking Scheme award that recognises car parks that actively deter crime and the fear of crime in car parks.
A Park Mark is awarded to parking facilities that pass a rigorous risk assessment conducted by the police and the British Parking Association. The assessments include management and maintenance of the facility, ensuring that there are appropriate levels of surveillance, lighting, signage and cleanliness. These criteria are known to reduce the opportunity for crime and create a safer environment for the motorist and their vehicle.
HIAL Director of Airport Operations, Mark Stuart, said: “By working to achieve these two accreditations, the aim is to provide car parks which are safe and which meet the needs of all of our passengers.
“We are striving to offer the best possible customer experience across all of our airports and for all our customers, and these two accreditations have been achieved by the consistent commitment shown by our staff at these four airports.”