DCLG introduces new measures on parking which it says will deliver a fairer deal for motorists and help boost the high street.
Parking measures that put “common sense back in the driving seat” have been given the green-light (6 March 2015) by Local Government and Communities Secretary Eric Pickles and Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin
Under the new laws to help local shops, drivers will get a 10 minute grace period when parked in a bay. This is designed to prevent fines for being just a few minutes late back to the vehicle – be it in a paid or free parking space.
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The use of CCTV ‘spy cars’ has also been banned in the majority of circumstances, ending “the tyranny of automated fines landing on doorsteps” and being issued in industrial volumes.
These measures should put a stop to over-zealous parking enforcement, which often forces people to shop in out-of-town centres or online, and were approved in the last reading of parking reforms in the Deregulation Bill.
It also introduces new measures to protect drivers, include new powers for parking adjudicators so they can hold councils to account to tackle parking problems such as poor signage at specific locations.
A powerful new right is included enabling residents and local firms to demand that their council reviews parking in their area, including the charges and use of yellow lines.
There will also be tougher rules against heavy-handed action taken by bailiffs and an end to fines at out-of-order parking meters when there is no alternative way to pay. Guidance will also be reinforced preventing councils from making a profit from parking.
Councils have also been told to introduce a voluntary trial pilot scheme that allows motorists challenging a parking ticket to benefit from a 25% discount on the fine if they lose the appeal. Currently drivers are only offered a discount on early payment before challenging a ticket.
The Government sees these new parking measures as a way of helping drivers and at the same time supporting high streets to give local shops a fairer deal.
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said:
“We are ending the war on drivers who simply want to go about their daily business. For too long parking rules have made law-abiding motorists feel like criminals, and caused enormous damage to shops and businesses.
“Over-zealous parking enforcement undermines our town centres and costs councils more in the long-term. Our measures not only bring big benefits for high streets, motorists and local authorities – they put common sense back into parking.”
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said:
“Helping local businesses thrive is a key part of our long-term economic plan. These measures will deliver a fairer deal for motorists and help boost the high street by ensuring that parking enforcement is proportionate, while also protecting school children and keeping key routes and bus lanes clear.”
“The cross-government Deregulation Bill, which also includes measures which affect the PRS housing eviction rules and tenancy deposits, passed its Third Reading in the House of Lords on Wednesday 4 March 2015 and Royal Assent of the Bill is expected shortly.”
— LandlordZONE (@LandlordZONE) March 16, 2015