MPs back fairer private parking charge system

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

MPs have backed a bill which would make it easier to appeal unfair fines from private parking companies.

 

The Parking (Code of Practice) Bill would see the creation of a single, independent appeals service for drivers who have been hit by expensive private parking charges.

 

It would also introduce a code of practice for private car parks. This would set a £100 limit for fines and give drivers a 10-minute grace period for overstaying the limits on their ticket.

 

The bill comes as more and more motorists are being targeted by private parking firms, increasing from 687,000 10 years ago to an estimated 6.4 million in 2018/19.

 

Local government minister Rishi Sunak MP said: “We need a fairer, clearer and more consistent system that puts the brake on the unfair practices being experienced by too many drivers.”

 

The bill is now with the House of Lords. 

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