NPA Parking Consultants Council: Professional & Ethical Code of Conduct
Excerpted from PCC Council Charter
The members of the parking profession recognize that their work has a direct and vital impact on the quality of life for all people. As such membership in the Parking Consultants Council of the National Parking Association requires honesty, impartiality, fairness, and equity and must be dedicated to the protection of public health, safety and welfare in the practice of their profession. All members of the Parking Consultants Council must perform under a standard of professional behavior consistent with the principles of ethical conduct described below, on behalf of the public, clients, employees, and the profession.
All members of the Parking Consultants Council, in the fulfillment of their professional duties, shall:
1. Be concerned with the safety, health, and welfare of the public in the performance of their professional duties.
2. Perform services only in areas of their competence.
3. Issue any formal statement or opinions only in an objective and truthful manner.
4. Act free from compromising influences or considerations with respect to professional matters performed for their clients.
5. Avoid improper solicitation of professional assignments.
Rules of Practice
1. All members of the Parking Consultants Council shall be concerned with the safety, health and welfare of the public in the performance of their professional duties.
a. They shall at all times recognize that their obligation is to the safety, health, and welfare of the public. If their professional judgment is overruled under circumstances where the safety, health, or welfare of the public is endangered, they shall notify their client and such other authority as may be appropriate.
b. They shall approve only work which, to the best of their knowledge and belief, is safe for public health and welfare and in conformity with accepted standards.
c. They shall not reveal facts, data or information obtained in a professional capacity without the prior consent of the client except as authorized or required by law or these Guidelines.
d. They shall not permit the use of their name nor associate in business ventures with any person or firm which they have reason to believe is engaging in fraudulent or dishonest business or professional practices.
e. If they have knowledge of any alleged violation of these Guidelines, they shall cooperate with the proper authorities in furnishing such information or assistance as may be required.
2. All members of the Parking Consultants Council shall perform services only in the areas of their competence.
a. They shall undertake assignments only when qualified by education or experience in the specific technical fields involved.
b. They shall not affix their signatures or titles to any plans or documents dealing with subject matter in which they lack competence nor to any plan or document not prepared under their direction and control.
c. They may accept an assignment outside of their fields of competence to the extent that their services are restricted to those phases of the project in which they are qualified and to the extent that they are satisfied that all other phases of such project will be performed by qualified associates, consultants or employees.
3. All members of the Parking Consultants Council shall issue any formal statement or opinions only in an objective and truthful manner.
a. They shall be objective and truthful in professional reports, statements or testimony. They shall include all relevant and pertinent information in such reports, statements or testimony.
b. They may express publicly a professional opinion on technical subjects only when that opinion is founded upon adequate knowledge of the facts and competence in the subject matter.
c. They shall issue no statements, criticisms, or arguments on technical matters which are inspired or paid for by interested parties, unless they have prefaced their comments by explicitly identifying the interested parties on whose behalf they are speaking and by revealing the existence of any interest they may have in the matters.
4. All members of the Parking Consultants Council shall act free from compromising influences or considerations with respect to professional matters performed for their clients.
a. They shall disclose all actual or potential conflicts of interest to their clients by promptly informing them of any business association, interest or other circumstances which could influence or appear to influence their judgment or the quality of their services.
b. They shall not accept compensation, financial or otherwise, from more than one party for services on the same project, or for services pertaining to the same project, unless the circumstances are fully disclosed to, and agreed to, by all interested parties.
c. Those in public service, as members of a governmental body or department, shall not participate in decisions with respect to professional services solicited or provided by them or their organizations in private or public practice.
d. They shall not solicit or accept a professional contract from a specific governmental body, agency, board, or commission on which a principal or officer of their organization serves as a member.
5. All members of the Parking Consultants Council shall avoid improper solicitation of professional assignments.
a. They shall not falsify or permit misrepresentation of their or their associates' academic or
professional qualifications. They shall not misrepresent or exaggerate their degree of responsibility in or for the subject matter of prior assignments. Brochures or other presentations incident to the solicitation of assignments shall not misrepresent pertinent facts concerning employees, associates, joint ventures or past accomplishments with the intent and purpose of enhancing their qualifications and their work.
b. They shall not offer, give, solicit or receive, either directly or indirectly, any political contribution
in an amount intended to influence the award of a contract by public authority, or which may be reasonably construed by the public of having the effect or intent to influence the award of the contract.
c. They shall not offer any gift or other valuable consideration in order to secure work. They shall
not pay a commission, percentage or brokerage fee in order to secure work except to a bona fide employee or bona fide established commercial or marketing agencies retained by them.
d. They shall immediately inform the Prime Consultant with whom they have previously agreed to
team if they make a decision to pursue the project as a competing prime consultant or
pursue the project with a competing team.
e. They shall, as appropriate, notify another member or design professional if they have been
retained to review or critique the other consultant's work on a project. They may maintain
confidentiality on all comments and opinions rendered.
6. Parking Consultants Council Members and applicants for membership shall be required to file with the National Parking Association office a signed statement stating:
a. That they have read the Parking Consultants Council Professional and Ethical Conduct Guidelines, and:
b. That they agree to abide by the provisions thereof, and
c. That the payment of annual dues will be reaffirmation of this agreement, and
d. That they understand that the Parking Consultants Council has legitimate interest in ensuring that
the high standards of ethics of the profession shall be maintained and that they agree that they shall not bring suit against the National Parking Association or the Parking Consultants Council, nor any component, committee, officer, or employee thereof, with respect to any statement made or any action taken in connection with the enforcement of the Professional and Ethical Conduct Guidelines.