Alliance for Parking Standards and Park’nPay App
By Stuart Norman, CEO Parking Australia
The Alliance for Parking Data Standards (APDS) will release the finalised Version 2.0 of the global parking standard later this month, following a public review of the draft standard in the second half of 2019. This ground-breaking initiative will establish a common language for data elements and definitions in the parking, transportation, and mobility sectors – streamlining innovation, progress and technology in our industry – and beyond.
APDS was formed by the International Parking & Mobility Institute (IPMI), the British Parking Association (BPA), and the European Parking Association (EPA), is a not-for-profit organisation with the mission to develop, promote, manage, and maintain a uniform global standard, that will allow organisations to share parking data across platforms worldwide. Parking Australia and other likeminded associations from around the world have been involved at varying levels throughout the development of the standards.
Parking Australia is looking to hold a webinar in the coming months to inform members of what the standards may mean for them.
Parking Australia and a number of members are continuing discussions with the NSW Minster for Customer Service, Victor Dominello, his office and the NSW Department of Customer Service. At this point Parking Australia are awaiting an invitation to an industry roundtable which will include NSW Councils and Parking Australia members to seek a solution to the matter.
Parking Australia continues to advocate for competition in NSW, where Councils call for tenders and then select the solution which best suits their needs. In essence, we are seeking a level playing field for all members and currently do not see this being the case with the way the NSW Government have sought to implement their Park’nPay app.
We understand that this matter is a sensitive one, as it involves members from different segments of the parking industry. As such Parking Australia have not spoken publicly to the media and have endeavoured to work with the government to find a solution.