The Spanish Association of Parking facilities and Garages (ASESGA) was born in 1977 promoted by leading companies dealing with the management of parking facilities and garages.
After more than 40 years history, this business association now comprises all the large companies operating in the sector and a significant number of small and medium size companies; as well as a high number of associated parking garages located in the main Spanish cities.
More than 1,000 member companies of our Association manage 950,000 parking spaces in 1.700 parking facilities, garages and meter-controlled parking zones in 250 municipalities throughout Spain. ASESGA, that is active at a national level, has a higher-profile representation in the 17 regions of Spain, with outstanding activity in Catalonia and Madrid, followed by the Valencia Region, Andalusia, Galicia and the Basque Country.
A major player in the sector
ASESGA is a contributor and will liaise with the local, regional and central governments. It is a charter member of the European Parking Association, EPA that Integrates the leading national parking facilities associations, as well as small and medium size companies in more than 20 European countries.
ASESGA’s main objective, as the body representing the sector, is to coordinate, manage and promote the interests of parking and garages, as well as to work with public authorities in order to improve urban mobility.
Making cities better places to live and preserving its environment demand a town plan for each city that contemplates vehicles in motion as well as public transport, pedestrians, loading and unloading activities, etc.
In this mobility plan, all those concerned should be involved in informing, educating and raising the awareness of the public, all of it bound by standards of conduct, which are the basis for establishing the necessary planning and restriction actions as well as a fines scheme.
The key to sustainable mobility
The Spanish Association of Parking facilities and Garages (ASESGA) wants to highlight that a good traffic and correct parking conditions are basic elements for sustainable mobility. A network of parking facilities with good accessibility is a “key tool” to reduce intense unnecessary traffic.
Streets are not garages. Parking must be scanty in those areas where the basic need is circulation, and at all events, those should be chargeable parking spaces, paying for the use of a scarce resource having a high asocial cost. A single management structure for both kerbside and other parking modes must be in place in such a way that kerbside parking is more expensive.
People's journeys to work are to be made basically by public transport, and it must be first-rate quality to make it competitive and attractive, if compared to private vehicle use. In some cases, public transport should have its own infrastructure such as bus and taxi lanes.
Car ownership should involve the responsibility of its parking. A car is at rest most of its life and this has a cost, which has to be covered by the user in the same way as he/she pays for the purchase of the vehicle and its maintenance. Discipline is vital to maintain the balance of the system. Proper and efficient policing and payment of fines, as well as a careful design of physical limits, help the education of less compliant drivers.
Good driving and parking will only be possible with the acceptance of some basic ideas that ASESGA is trying to promote. Driving involves a cost for the user, just as parking does. Driving requires compliance with applicable rules and regulations, just as parking does to avoid illegality.
Decalogue of the good parking
- Car parking is a “key tool” for traffic management.
- Streets are not “garages”.
- The “basic routes” are for vehicle traffic.
- Travel between home and work should basically take place in public transport.
- Car ownership and use must involve “concern” about your car parking”.
- The operation of parking facilities must be a “reasonably profitable” economic activity.
- Parking in the traffic routes must be scanty and “chargeable”.
- Maintaining discipline is vital to maintain the balance of the system. Surveillance of parking garage entrances and free accesses must be strengthened.
- The “parking system” must offer good quality at affordable prices.
- The economic sectors should be involved in solving the parking concern.