Parking Consultancy

Smart Transport provide a wide range of parking consultancy services that range from on-street and off street studies to both private and public clients.

We provide support and advice at every stage of a parking project from the initial development of a parking policy or full parking strategy, preliminary design, stakeholder and informal consultation, assessment of the commercial viability of the parking scheme right through to making traffic orders and the project management of the construction and delivery of the project.

Smart Transport hubs parking consultancy services includes:

  • On and Off-street parking studies
  • Parking surveys
  • Parking strategies and Policies
  • Car Park Designs
  • Parking Controls on Housing Estates
  • Workplace Parking Levy
  • Fees and charges studies for pay and display and permit pricing
  • Signs and Lines design audit
  • Electric Vehicle Charging
  • GIS Mapping
  • Traffic Orders
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    Smart Transport can carry out on and off-street parking studies that include a detailed review of the existing situation along with recommendations for improvement. Examples of this include the provision of short and long term stay, review of parking charges, signage, and improving layout to maximise capacity.

    Smart Transport can carry out parking surveys where required. These can include occupancy surveys, inventory surveys and kerbside space surveys. We have extensive experience in data collection and analysis, as well as, reporting on the findings to ensure our clients receive a valuable output.

    Smart Transport can produce parking strategies and policies for all public sector clients. Our Parking Strategies provide a coherent, clear and consistent approach to the management of parking across a Borough, Town, or County. The three to five year strategy addresses the current parking situation and looks into the future parking requirements that access the needs of residents, visitors and businesses. This is done in a way the supports the Councils efforts to increase active travel by sustainable modes, improve air quality, and encourage more walking and cycling.

    At Smart Transport, we look at all aspects of parking including: Controlled Parking Zones; Pay and Display; Moving Traffic Contraventions; Fees and Charges; and Air Quality Pressures. Using the latest data, we benchmark against other Boroughs and produce an action plan that assists with:

    • Enabling growth by attracting investment through a more connected and accessible transport system and creating an attractive place to do business
    • Improving the health and wellbeing of residents by encouraging active travel and improving air quality
    • Reducing inequality through a transport system that connects residents to jobs and opportunities, and connecting communities, work places and high streets
    • Creating a more liveable environment where people are proud to live and work, through clean, well maintained and safe streets

    Smart Transport provide a comprehensive off-street parking design service that uses the latest techniques and technology to ensure all of our designs are delivered to the clients requirements and aspirations. Whether it be new land acquired, the removal of unused garages or, a redesign to maximise capacity, Smart Transport can provide a number of viable solutions and designs with cost estimates for the Council to choose from.

    With legislation changing in recent years, local authorities are finding it difficult to enforce parking on estates and made debt recovery more difficult. Without lawful authority in place, local authorities are unable to enforce and restrict parking to only residents and their visitors on estates. This has resulted in:

    • Emergency vehicles not having clear access to the estates
    • Housing estates becoming a free parking area for the general public
    • A loss of income to the local authority as they have no lawful grounds to enforce
    • An increase in antisocial behaviour

    Smart Transport have extensive experience in working with a number of boroughs on their Council Housing estates. We have ensured emergency vehicles have clear access to estates as well as introducing permit controls for local residents.

    A workplace parking levy is a charge made by a local authority on employers who provide workplace parking for their employees. The revenue collected must be used to fund transport improvements in the local area providing economic and social benefits for existing employees and residents whilst facilitating more growth. Smart Transport have the ability and experience to carry out a feasibility study including liaising with the businesses into introducing a workplace parking levy.

    Permit pricing is a tool that can be used to help push key policy objectives such as air quality. Reducing pollution and improving air quality are at the top of the political agenda. A number of local authorities are encouraging residents and businesses to reduce their carbon emissions through a number of schemes, including permits or a charge for vehicles that produce more emissions.

    As well as the environmental benefits schemes like this will provide, it is recognised that local authorities have shrinking budgets and therefore to meet parking objectives the revenue from such schemes can help towards further improvements to parking and air quality.

    Smart Transport have produced a bespoke permit forecasting table that can be used by parking service providers to forecast potential income when preparing to consult residents on the implementation of new parking schemes. The table uses data held by the DVLA relating to vehicle ownership and localised data relevant to the local authority to determine current and future potential trends, such as determining permit fee increases so the annual rate of Consumer Price Index (CPI)/ Retail Price Index (RPI) can be amended accordingly. The introduction of a diesel surcharge can also be tested to indicate potential future income.

    Using current permit sales data, the table can help to determine the estimated permit uptake based on the number of properties within the consultation area.

    Where a local authority offers a discounted permit for ultra low emission vehicles, using the current vehicle ownership data held by the DVLA, the table can help to predict  when ultra low emission vehicle permits will overtake those of petrol/diesel powered cars. This will rely on various factors, namely the continued increase in ultra low emission vehicle ownership following current trends, the installation of electric charging points across relevant local authority areas and improved battery technology ensuring the consumer can have confidence in the performance of these vehicles. The cost of vehicles currently on the market will also have a bearing on the uptake.

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