New rules to give ‘ten minutes grace’
The law is now going to change with regard to parking fines, motorists will be given ten minutes grace after a parking ticket runs out before they can be given a fine. The new law will take effect within weeks and will apply to all on street and off street council parking spots.
The new law is intended to bring shoppers back to the high street, retailers believe that parking wardens who issue tickets the minute parking time expires puts off potential shoppers. This welcoming news to give drivers some breathing space is contained in the deregulation bill which has now passed all stages in the House of Commons and the Lords. Both Houses must agree the final wording of the bill before it can receive royal assent and become law.
Other changes to parking regulations will include a ban on the use of CCTV “spy cars” intended to fine drivers for parking on yellow lines. These so called ‘spy cars’ can still be deployed to catch motorists who illegally park in danger zones such as bus lanes. Local residents and businesses will be able to demand a review of parking in their area, including charges and the use of yellow lines.
£350million in parking penalties
It is welcome news as drivers in the UK have forked out an estimated £350m in penalties in the last year so now councils will no longer be permitted to profit from parking fines.