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Maximum car park penalty may be cut to £50
« on: 30 July, 2023, 02:08:23 PM »
Maximum car park penalty may be cut to £50

Government vows action against cowboy private parking firms and launches an eight-week call for evidence on Private Parking Code of Practice

By Will Hazell,
 POLITICAL CORRESPONDENT
29 July 2023 • 10:30pm


The Government has promised to take action against cowboy private car parking firms handing out “unfair and costly charges” by potentially cutting fines from £100 to as low as £50 for millions of motorists.

The Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC) has launched an eight-week call for evidence on the Private Parking Code of Practice with a focus on the impact of changing charges and debt recovery fees.

Options on the table include cutting the £100 charge limit to as low as £50 for large swathes of the country, as well as potentially banning debt recovery fees altogether, which are currently as high as £70.

It comes at a time when the Conservatives are trying to burnish their pro-motorist credentials in the run-up to the general election, with ministers claiming the new rules will help lure people back to struggling local high streets.

Drivers have reported being issued with £100 fines for minor breaches of car park rules, such as mistyping registration numbers and not paying quickly enough.

New code seeks to ensure fewer drivers unfairly penalised
The call for evidence will pave the way for a new Private Parking Code of Practice aimed at making sure fewer drivers are unfairly penalised and tackling problems such as confusing and misleading signs.

Michael Gove, the Levelling Up Secretary, said: “Millions of people across the country use private car parks and we want this to continue without them having the fear of being slapped with unfair and costly charges.

“Our new Private Parking Code of Practice will put this right, delivering a much fairer system for drivers and industry - and today’s call for evidence is an important part of shaping this policy. I encourage everyone to come forward and have their say.”


Dehenna Davison, the minister for levelling up, says the Private Parking Code of Practice aims to create a system that is more fair for motorists

All private parking operators will be required to follow the code, and DLUHC said drivers would find it easier to challenge unfair charges through a new independent appeals service.

Dehenna Davison, the minister for levelling up, said: “We all know how annoying parking can be – from driving around endlessly to being met with complicated signs and impossible terms and conditions.

“It’s needlessly confusing, and that’s why we’re pushing ahead with the Private Parking Code of Practice to create a fairer system.”

Five proposals in draft impact assessment
The call for evidence has been launched alongside a draft impact assessment which considers five proposals and how they will affect the sector.

The first would involve retaining the £100 charge limit with a 40 per cent discount for paying within 14 days, with the debt recovery fees cap set at £70.

Under option two, charges would be set at two levels depending on the seriousness of offences, with £50/£70 for England and Wales outside London, £80/£130 in London and £80/£100 for Scotland, with a 50 per cent discount for paying within 14 days.

Meanwhile, debt recovery fees would be cut to 30 per cent of charge levels.

A third option would be the same as option two, but with debt recovery fees banned altogether.

Under option four, charges would be set at two levels depending on the seriousness of offence at £70/£100, with the discount for paying within 14 days remaining at 40 per cent. Debt recovery fees would be reduced to 30 per cent of charge levels.

The final option would be the same but with debt recovery fees banned.

The Government published similar plans to rein in rogue parking firms last year, but a legal challenge by operators led ministers to withdraw them pending further consultation.

Once the call for evidence closes on September 17 a further formal consultation is then planned on the options.

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