New Association set up to tackle rogue Gatwick meet and greet parking companies

If you’re looking to book Gatwick meet and greet parking in the future, take a look at the Airport Valet Parking Contractors Association (AVPCA) website – www.avpca.co.uk.

The AVPCA was established in early 2011 to help promote safer meet and greet parking and to effectively ‘police’ the industry from the inside.

We’ve all heard of some horror stories surrounding the valet meet and greet parking industry, like the cases aired on Watchdog and the story of a kebab shop owner whose Gatwick parking company offered ‘Secure parking, six foot high fencing, and lockable gates’ when in fact the cars were being parked outside his kebab shop in Crawley (www.theargus.co.uk/archive/2009/11/24/News+%28news%29/4757202.Gatwick_parking_scam_exposed/).

These stories, while making great headlines, do nothing for the honest, long-established meet and greet parking companies that operate from Gatwick Airport, and tarnish the reputation of all off-airport parking companies.

The AVPCA was set to clean up the meet and greet parking industry and, working with airport operators, the police and trading standards, prevent rogue parking operators from setting up businesses in the Gatwick area.

Membership of the AVPCA is subject to strict guidelines and potential members have to demonstrate that they meet the following criteria:

  • Members must have planning permission to operate a meet and greet parking company
  • They must be VAT registered
  • All companies must have a landline telephone number
  • They must have registered offices
  • Have up-to-date accounts
  • Conduct CRB checks on their staff and drivers
  • Hold full liability insurance, which must be proved
  • All companies must have a minimum five-year trading history

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