Proposal for private parking firms to offer 10-minute grace period

Private parking firms could be forced to offer drivers who overstay the time on their ticket a 10-minute grace period before issuing a fine.

All council-owned car parks in England have been required to offer a 10-minute grace period since 2015, but the practice is currently voluntary for private car park operators.

If adopted, the proposals will form part of the Parking Code of Practice, which was announced earlier this year as a measure to crack down on unscrupulous private parking firms that operate in an unfair manner.

Companies that break these rules will risk losing their ability to request drivers’ details from the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency), making it very difficult for them to enforce the fines they issue.

Robert Jenrick MP, Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, said: “For too long, rogue parking firms have operated in an unregulated industry, handing out unjust fines, putting drivers through baffling appeals processes and issuing tickets to motorists who were only seconds late back to their cars.

“That’s why we’ve appointed the British Standards Institution to work with consumer groups and industry to write the first ever compulsory Code of Practice for private parking firms.

“The new Code will restore common sense to the way parking fines are handed out, encourage people back on to our high-streets and crack down on dodgy operators who use aggressive tactics to harass drivers.”

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