Millions of motorists in the UK could benefit from a new parking rule as the government cracks down on rogue, private parking firms.
A new package of measures have been announced on Monday, February 7, with an aim to protect drivers from unfair, expensive parking charges.
The new Code of Practice will provide a clearer and fairer appeals system.
Besides protecting drivers, the measures will ensure that any rogue firms that break rules could be barred from requesting Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) data, making them unable to pursue motorists for their charges through the post.
The rules also aim to bring more people back to local high streets across England, Scotland and Wales without fear of being unfairly caught out.
What are the changes to parking fines?
Parking fines will be cut by up to 50% in the majority of cases, under the government's Parking Code of Practice, thus saving motorists millions of pounds each year.
Proposals under the package include a maximum cap for parking fines, a 10-minute grace period before a late fine can be issued, and a requirement for parking firms to clearly display pricing and terms and conditions.
In England -outside of London- and Wales, parking charges will be reduced from £100 to £70 or £50, depending on how serious a breach is. Inside London, it will be reduced to £80.
The Code of Practice will also provide new higher standards going forward. This means that private firms which currently use non-specific, pseudo-legal and aggressive language to exhort fines from motorists, will no longer be able to do so.
It will also be easier for disputed fines to be cancelled under the new measures as a new, simpler appeals process will be put in place.
What has the British Parking Association said about changes to parking fines?
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The British Parking Association( BPA) is calling for the Government to reconsider its proposal to lower parking charges.
According to the BPA, the proposals would mean 23% of currently managed private parking spaces would no longer be managed.
This could result in many destinations becoming increasingly congested and inaccessible. Many commuters and shoppers will no longer be able to access transport modes, retail, or leisure destinations.
Andrew Pester, Chief Executive of the BPA said: "We welcome the Parking (Code of Practice) Act and measures to introduce a single code, standards setting body and an independent appeals service."
However, he added, that this package needs to be more sustainable "to encourage compliance with parking rules and deter anti-social parking," continuing, "Without effective parking management, places will become congested and inaccessible."
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