NCP was presented with the Parking Management Award at the 2015 Disabled Motoring Awards, which were held at Silverstone on 17 September.
DMUK is a national charity that campaigns for disabled drivers, passengers and Blue Badge Holders.
The Parking Management Award was open to all local authority and private operators managing on-street and off-street parking. Besides NCP the short list comprised Lincoln City Council and Nottingham City Council.
The judges looked at how operators have enabled disabled people to enter and exit their car parks, as well as looking at payment options and enforcement of the Blue Badge scheme.
The judges said: NCP has committed itself to achieving 100 car parks with the charity’s Parking Award by the end of the year and are well on their way to achieving their goal. It has implemented a number of changes in its car parks including repainting bays, ensuring payment machines are accessible and offering pre-booked spaces to disabled people before they start their journey.
Helen Dolphin, DMUK’s director of policy and campaigns, said:
This was a really tough category and many of the nominees of this award. NCP have really shown a commitment to making sure their car parks can be accessible as possible and to meeting the criteria of the Disabled Parking Award.
Duncan Bowins, managing director of operations at NCP says: “We’re absolutely thrilled to have won the Parking Management Award. We take our commitment to improving the parking experience for disabled motorists very seriously and we really do want to help improve the quality of parking facilities, reduce abuse of disabled spaces and improve the overall experience of those parking with us.
“We appreciate drivers’ frustrations and are committed to improving the status quo so that our car parks are completely accessible for disabled motorists. We’re delighted and proud to be working with DMUK and to be part of the Disabled Parking Awards and will do everything in our power to achieve our target of 100 sites and more.”
The Parking Management Award was sponsored by the Safer Parking Scheme.