Private car park enforcement: motorists now entitled to ten minute grace period after their tickets expire.
10 Minute Grace Period After Parking Ticket Expires
Drivers that park on private land now have a ten minute “grace period” after their tickets expire and before being fined, the British Parking Association confirmed.
This initiative – that forms part of its Code of Practice – brings the rules for private car parks in line with local authority spaces that are often found in struggling high streets.
Earlier in 2015, the Conservative led coalition government championed a grace period to “help local shops” and stop motorists receiving fines for ”being just a few minutes late”. It argued that “over-zealous” enforcement hurts high streets as it forces drivers to shop at out of town centres/online.
The British Parking Association Code of Practice (October 2015) explains to enforces: “You should allow the driver a reasonable period to leave the private car park after the parking contract has ended, before you take enforcement action.” It adds: “If the location is one where parking is normally permitted, the grace period at the end of the parking period should be a minimum of ten minutes.”
This period is in addition to the established rule of allowing motorists time to choose whether to stay or leave. The Code of Practice says: “Allow a driver who enters your car park but decides not to park, to leave the car park within a reasonable period without having their vehicle issued with a parking charge notice.”
10 Minute Grace Period “Ends War” On Drivers
In March 2015, 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.”
He continued: “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 such 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.”
British Parking Association Chief Executive Officer, Patrick Troy, explained: “We want to make it easier for motorists to park in whichever car park they use when they go about their daily business.” He added: “By making private car parks as similar to local authority ones as possible, life becomes much simpler for the motorist.”