Features Comparison

 

 

Conventional Multi-storey v’s VPS Car Park

 

Conventional Multi-storey Car Park

Vault Parking Systems

1

Access roads at all levels

Access roads at surface level only

2

Public Access and Emergency Stairs at designated access routes

No public access stairs, stairs to Vaults only for service access

3

Lifts required for public access

No lifts required

4

Access Ramps between levels

No access ramps

5

Access Lighting at all levels and routes

Access lighting at surface level only; task lighting only in Vaults for service and maintenance

6

If enclosed, ventilation required for removal of vehicle exhaust fumes and provision of fresh air

Only token ventilation required for residual vehicle exhaust from Vaults

7

Parking levels can be isolated and patrons can feel unsafe

No isolated locations, patrons access surface level only.

8

Vehicle theft from car park can sometimes be problematic

No possibility of theft of vehicle from a Vault

9

Theft from vehicles can often be an issue

No possibility of theft from vehicles in Vault

10

Extensive security cctv system may be required covering all floors

Cctv at surface level only

11

Expensive cleaning on all levels

Cleaning on surface level only

12

Floor heights must accommodate pedestrians and services

No pedestrians or service interruptions, accommodates vehicle heights only

13

Structural walls and columns impede circulation and parking causing difficulty for drivers

Drivers do not access the parking Vaults so no difficulties with structure

14

Vehicles driving around car park emitting noxious fumes and increase CO2 emissions

Vehicle engine switched off in entry vault so there are no CO2 during the parking process

15

Scratches and scrapes from other vehicles is a relatively common occurrence

No possibility of damage from other vehicles

16

Requires dedicated disabled parking bays

All parking entry and exit cabins fully comply with universal access requirements with no further demarcation of universal access provisions

17

Management, Staff operating and security costs can result in higher running costs

Much reduced management, staff operating and security costs

18

Public indemnity insurance costs can be significant, reflecting possible liabilities

Less areas for public access should be reflected in lower insurance premiums

19

Taxes and charges based on floor area can amount to substantial sum

Much reduced floor area should yield greatly reduces liability for floor area based taxes or charges. Vehicles parked on ‘shelves’ are not considered floor area for the purpose of taxes and charges

20

From time of entry into car park to time of exiting car park after parking of vehicle can be quite lengthy

Time taken to park vehicle in entry cabin and authorise parking process is usually much less