About Parking

About Parking

This website is all about the parking industry. But what is parking and what do people in the parking industry actually do? This page is all about parking and everything around that subject. It's created as an ongoing process: This page is never finished and we will keep adding more and more information to it. If you have anything you want to know about parking which isn't on this page, please feel free to submit your topic or question. Now, let's talk about parking. On Wikipedia the word ‘parking’ is defined as:

The act of stopping a vehicle and leaving it unoccupied”*
*Source of quote: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parking

Parked cars

In this case, we’re talking about car parking. You can park your car at a parking space. These parking spaces can be on several locations: In a parking lot, a parking garage, on the side of the street, and so on. In every city and on every street there are rules for parking. For example, often you are allowed to park your car on the side of the street, but sometimes you have to pay for parking, are only allowed to park for a short period of time or are not allowed to park at all. These rules are called parking restrictions.

Parking spaces are very important to cities. A city must have enough parking spaces to provide their residents and their visitors a place to park their car. Since cars are a main factor in transportation, a city must meet the needs of the drivers. If people can’t find a place to park, or if they have to pay too much for parking, these people probably won’t come back to your city to do some more shopping, dining or spending money in any other way. Also residents must have enough place to park their car nearby their house and workplace.


On-and off-street parking

  • On-street parking
  • Off-street parking

Parking Enforcement

  • Parking enforcement officers
  • What do they do?
  • Handheld ticketwriter
  • Critique

Car parking techniques

  • Parallel parking
  • Perpendicular parking
  • Angle parking
  • Double parking

Parking facilities

  • Parking lot
  • Parking garages
  • Car ports
  • Parking on the side of the street
  • Automated Parking Systems (APS)
  • Semi-Automated Parking Systems

Parking control

  • Access- and revenue control
  • Access- and revenue control equipment
  • Anti-Passback or Passback Control
  • Parking Guidance System / Way finding
  • Automatic Vehicle Identification (AVI)

Parking services

  • Valet parking
  • Park & Ride
  • Meet & Greet

Parking restrictions

  • Pay for parking
  • Alternate-side parking
  • Disabled parking space
  • Residential parking space
  • Permit

Parking payment options

  • Pay with cash
  • Pay by disk
  • Pay by coupon
  • Pay by phone
  • Extend by phone
  • Pay by plate
  • Pay by space
  • Pay on entry
  • Pay on foot
  • Pay on exit

Parking User Groups

  • Hospital parking
  • Shopping Centre parking
  • Event parking
  • Airport parking
  • Hotel parking
  • Campus parking
  • Municipal parking
  • Green parking

Current trends in parking

  • The need for parking apps
  • Demand for cashless payments
  • Demand for energy-efficient, sustainable and green solutions
  • The need for electric vehicle charging stations
  • Parking access control

History of parking

  • The first parking meter
  • Parking garages
  • Automated Parking Systems (APS)