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Parking Rules

GNBC Parking

1. Client / Licensee parking

 

The License Agreements signed by our Clients (the Licensees) include (by default) one unallocated parking space per office, on a first-come/first-served basis. We will be issuing one permit for each of those contracted parking spaces.

The Licensee can nominate up to two vehicles to share each permit (e.g. team members working on different days, or sometimes using a spouse’s vehicle) but the permits will not be duplicated.

The nominations can be changed from time to time, but with an invoiceable admin fee applicable.

The nominated vehicles will be registered in the automated CCTV-based parking system so that they will not require being entered into it every day, however the permits must be displayed when parked at GNBC.

Day Passes will be available (valid for one day only, for a charity fee) for the situation that a permit has been forgotten e.g. when sharing it with another vehicle.

Vehicles not nominated by the Licensees will need to be parked elsewhere, not at GNBC.

2. Visitor parking

We will reduce the number of short-term parking spaces from five to four, being the four nearest the property’s Exit. These are reserved for Visitors only, and not to be used for Licensee or over-quota parking.

  • Drop-off/pick-up - the automated CCTV-based system will allow stays of up to 20 minutes (e.g. to pick-up or drop off keys, collect mail or parcels etc), without entering the vehicle registration.

  • Meetings and treatments – for stays up to three (3) hours, Visitors need to enter their vehicle registration into the display pads for temporary permits. No return is allowed on the same day.

  • Longer visits – for stays longer than three (3) hours, Visitors must use the multi-storey carpark or find other solutions, otherwise the system will automatically trigger a penalty notice.

  • Meeting Room hirers – both internal and external hirers of the Meeting Room must instruct their attendees to avoid parking at GNBC.

 

3. Over-Quota parking

Vehicles not nominated by the Licensees will need to be parked elsewhere, not at GNBC.

Those affected should consider leaving them at home and commuting by train, bus or bike: Hatfield railway station is just almost opposite GNBC, as is its bus interchange and taxi rank, and GNBC has bicycle racks (bring your own lock). Otherwise Hatfield station’s multi-storey carpark is literally just two minutes’ walk away, and there are free on-road parking spaces within walking distance.

We believe we are close to a deal to offer more spaces off-site but nearby, within easy walking distance of GNBC, but those spaces are also limited. These will not be free of charge, but the cost should be more favourable than for Hatfield station multistorey carpark. This opportunity is on their own pricing, procedures, terms and conditions. GNBC is acting only in the capacity of introduction service.

The other business also has limited spaces (possibly 6-8) on offer. It has an automated CCTV-based system, similar to ours, where vehicles must be registered in their system. We have no access into their system. 

4. FAQs

Why are we making these changes, and why now?

It has been quite clear to all, more frequently than ever before, that our limited number of spaces is at full capacity. If all Client s attended on the same day, we would not have enough spaces even for just one per office, even with the extra spaces that we have created in the past months.

Is this just a money-making ruse by GNBC?

No, we get no income and have never made any profit from the parking system at GNBC. Its purpose has always been to manage the limited parking provision for the benefit of our Clients. When we are asked to intervene (e.g. to help get a parking a ticket cancelled), then we do ask for a donation to be paid to the current charity. In future we will charge a modest admin fee to cover our costs when replacing lost permits, but not for their first-time issue.

I am not a Licensee and have been parking at GNBC, for free, so what will I do now?

You could ask the Licensee to nominate your vehicle for their permit. Otherwise there are plenty of spaces literally just 2 minutes’ walk away, in Hatfield station’s multi-storey carpark. Or consider car-pooling, commuting by train or bus: Hatfield railway station is just almost opposite GNBC, as is its bus interchange and taxi rank. GNBC has its own bicycle racks (bring your own lock).

What if I lose my permit?

It can be replaced (for an invoiceable admin fee).

What if I have forgotten my permit (e.g. left it the other vehicle)?

A temporary Day-Pass can be provided (for a charity fee), but this is still on the basis of unallocated, first come / first served, and is valid for that day only.

What would happen if both nominated vehicles were parked at GNBC at the same time?

Only one of the two nominated vehicles can physically have the shared permit on its dashboard at any time and therefore only one would be authorised to park at that moment. Detection of this situation will trigger a verbal warning to immediately remove the unauthorised vehicle (the one without the permit), otherwise an invoiceable admin charge will be levied against the Licensee. The invoiceable admin charges would apply for each occurrence, and we reserve the right to escalate them for repeat occurrences.

Can we copy more permits for ourselves?

We would consider such fraudulently copied permits to be a serious breach of the License Agreement including its Fair Use Policy, and would escalate the matter.

What happens if I park in a Visitor’s bay?

Detection of this situation will initially trigger a verbal warning to immediately remove the unauthorised vehicle (the one without the permit), otherwise an invoiceable admin charge will be levied against the Licensee. The invoiceable admin charges would apply for each occurrence, and we reserve the right to escalate them for repeat occurrences.

What if all the Visitors spaces are full?

Genuine Visitors will not be penalised for parking in other spaces, if available, but of course that would reduce the spaces available for Licensees’ nominated vehicles. If nothing else is available on p-site, then the multi-storey always has plenty of space.

What if our Visitors get a parking ticket in the post?

We will still try to help (for a charity fee) if genuine Visitors do get parking tickets at GNBC. Nevertheless, it is up to our Clients and their team members to remind their Visitors of all parking restrictions.

What if a non-permit holder hires the meeting room for longer than the 3-hour limit?

We will set up one Day-Pass for the hirer, to be included with the room hire.

Can I park my vehicle at GNBC overnight or at weekends?

Yes, but only if yours is one of the vehicles nominated by the Licensee. Otherwise, if you have entered it into the parking system as a Visitor, you will have 3 hours.

Can I park on the lawn?

No. We have added three grassy parking spaces to the bottom end of the tarmac area, which are reinforced underneath with special netting. We have also added a section of grassy netting near that for manoeuvring, but it is not permitted to park on the front or rear lawns. Detection of this situation will initially trigger a verbal warning to immediately remove the unauthorised vehicle (the one without the permit), otherwise an invoiceable admin charge will be levied against the Licensee. The invoiceable admin charges would apply for each occurrence, and we reserve the right to escalate them for repeat occurrences.

What are the penalties and fees that you mentioned?

Our aim is to discourage abuse of the limited resources that we do have. As a guideline for this first iteration of the new scheme:

- Initial issue of parking permits = £0 (no charge)

- Day Pass = £3 to the charity box (card payment will be accepted)

- Trying/helping to clear Visitors’ parking charge notices = £10 to the charity box

- Changing Licensee’s nominated vehicle = invoiceable charge £20 plus VAT

- Replacing lost parking permit = invoiceable charge £25 plus VAT

- Failure to remove unauthorised vehicles = invoiceable charge £25 plus VAT

- Parking in Visitors’ bays, on front or rear lawns = invoiceable charge £25 plus VAT

- Issue written warning notice for fraudulently copied permits = £100 plus VAT

 

Please see below clauses from license agreement regarding parking:

40. By default, one unallocated parking space is available for each licensable office. Additional unallocated spaces must be agreed with GNBC in writing. Clients must register all authorised users of their agreed parking spaces with GNBC, both in writing and, if so directed by GNBC, using the sign-in device in Reception.  

41. Clients and their staff, whether regular or part-time members, are not permitted to occupy any space designated with “Visitor” signs. Genuine Visitors of GNBC and its Clients’ may park in the specially marked areas for up to two hours at a time. Clients (and external hirers of GNBC meeting spaces) holding events or meetings longer than two hours shall instruct attendees to use parking outside of GNBC’s grounds, the most obvious of which is the multi-storey carpark conveniently located diagonally opposite GNBC. Clients, staff and visitors in breach of these risk parking fines issued by the independent parking management company. GNBC receives no income from them for any such fines.   

42. Clients and others hiring a Meeting Room may occupy one parking space during the hire period, however those Clients and others hiring the Meeting Room must actively dissuade their guests attending meetings and events from using GNBC parking spaces during the hire period. There is a capacious multi-storey carpark diagonally opposite GNBC that is ideal for that purpose.   

43. GNBC staff will take note of poorly and inconsiderately parked vehicles (e.g. blocking others in, or occupying two spaces) and Clients considered repeat offenders (including their guests and visitors), will be considered in breach of the Fair Use policy.   

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