’10 minutes’ grace’ for parking


Published: Friday 6th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Drivers are to get 10 minutes’ grace after a parking ticket runs out before they can be hit with a fine.

Under a change in the law to take effect within weeks, the leeway will apply to all on-street and off-street council parking spots.

The move is designed to bring an end to decades of drivers’ complaints about returning to their cars moments after a ticket expires to find they have already been hit with a penalty.

The new rules, approved as part of the Deregulation Bill, will apply to cars parked in a pay-and-display bays or other spaces with time limits.

Other measures include a right for residents and local firms to demand that their council reviews parking in their area.

CCTV camera cars that automatically issue parking fines are to be made illegal, except in sensitive areas such as near schools and in bus lanes.

There will be an end to fines at out-of-order parking meters when there is no alternative way to pay.

Guidance will also reinforce that councils cannot use parking to make a profit. 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: “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 schoolchildren and keeping key routes and bus lanes clear.”

Published: Friday 6th March 2015 by The News Editor

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