TAPA’S SECURE PARKING DATABASE BREAKS THROUGH THE 7,000 BARRIER AS MORE SITES JOIN UP IN EMEA
SNAP Account, which operates a cashless payment system covering HGV parking sites across the UK and Europe, is playing a leading role in this growth, with 19 of the locations it works with now part of the TAPA initiative – and more are on the way.
At the end of July, TAPA’s secure parking database gave its members access to nearly 7,200 parking places at secure sites in 11 countries; Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain and the United Kingdom.
SNAP is volunteering the support of its Access & Security team to bring locations up to PSR Level 3 of the TAPA Security Standard, and at least six more sites are in the pipeline to meet TAPA’s requirements. SNAP currently works with over 220 HGV locations across Europe, with 2-3 new sites joining each week, even in the current challenging market conditions. This growth enables SNAP to provide 10,500 parking spaces per day or 3.7 million a year for over 100,000 truck drivers.
The latest SNAP sites to see the value of participating in TAPA’s PSR are in the UK, France, the Netherlands and Slovakia.
Nick Long, SNAP’s European Network Manager, said: “We always try our best to help a location bring its standards up to reach the TAPA PSR Level 3. When a new location starts working with SNAP, we explain the benefits of joining the PSR programme and ask if they would like to gain the accreditation. It is vital to increase security throughout the haulage sector and we illustrate the reasons why. Our Access & Security team are continuing to carry out security ‘health checks’ and offering specialised advice to any parking locations which would like to join the programme. SNAP will continue to volunteer and support TAPA to create safer parking areas across Europe.”
He added: “The market size for secure parking completely overshadows the availability. We are trying to educate fleet operators and logistics centres on the benefits of SNAP’s Depot Parking scheme. This involves business owners opening the unused space in their fleet yard for truck parking – which helps to meet the demand for secure parking and brings them additional income. This is an initiative we have been leading for over 10 years because it helps to solve the parking crisis and lower the level of cargo crime. We see TAPA’s PSR as another important addition to this. We are hoping that during 2020, we can offer 100 Depot Parking Sites with secure parking facilities which can be pre-booked by drivers and fleets.”
TAPA is also hoping to benefit from SNAP’s recently-formed partnership with ELVIS, the European Cargo Federation of International Freight Forwarders, to extend the number of secure parking areas in Germany. The ELVIS network has more than 250 companies that could be suitable for SNAP’s Depot Parking scheme, with over 10 locations set to launch very soon.
Earlier this year, a SNAP survey of 350 people working in the Transport and Automotive sector in Germany on the causes, impact and solutions to rising cargo crime, found that 46.3% of those working in the industry have been affected by cargo crime or know someone affected.