Keeping traffic flowing on the busiest event build up days is one of our biggest challenges, which is why at some events we operate a deposit system to keep things moving along. Your Organiser will let you know if any of your build up days involve a deposit system.
When a deposit system is in use, you need to book all deliveries in as outlined above using the online booking system and obtain a time restricted vehicle access pass for delivery/offloading. The difference on a deposit system day, is that you must remove your vehicle from the inner area unloading areas within the allocated delivery time, failure to do so will result in a £80 charge (£100 from 1 Jan 2024). The charge is only levied if you overstay.
Not all shows have a deposit system in place but where it is in place, this is highlighted within the booking system for relevant dates. Registering to use the booking system is easy, the user guide can be found here.
Finally, if you plan on staying at the National Exhibition Centre for the whole day once you have unloaded, please park your vehicle completely free of charge in the nominated outer area car parks.
For access to the booking system, your event organiser will supply a url link to the website.
We’re not ones for chaos at the NEC and we doubt you are either, that’s why we insist all vehicles at the rear of the halls are parked in an orderly manner. This ensures offloading is quick, safe and expletive-free. With so many people and forklifts in action, we also ask you to be extra vigilant and to don your trusty neon jackets at all times. One last thing, vehicles must not park on yellow hatch markings or red lines unless directed to do so by one of our traffic officers. And please never, ever park on red hatch markings. These are Emergency Exit routes for everyone's safety.
All build up and breakdown vehicles should follow our electronic directional signage for the dedicated lorry parks in use on the day (either South, North 1a or North 12). During the build and breakdown periods parking is completely free for exhibitors and contractors, however please be aware that on occasion a deposit system may be in place.
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Please note, only cars and people carriers that have purchased Exhibitor Advantage parking for the open period of an event, can park at the rear of the halls. During the build and break period this area is to be used for loading and offloading only.