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Parking law changes to impact drivers

Written by: Neil

Motorists up and down the country are now welcoming a change in law that could help to put an end to the perceived practice of unfair parking enforcement notices, which have blighted drivers in recent years.

Announced jointly by communities secretary Eric Pickles and transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin, a range of new measures have now been introduced that aim to make parking less of a harrowing experience for drivers, while also delivering a boost to profitability for local businesses across the country.

Drivers parking anywhere where there are meters will now automatically receive an additional ten minutes grace before wardens are able to issue them a ticket for overstaying – putting an end to the stress of individuals rushing back to their cars and finding they have received a penalty even when they are literally a few seconds past their allotted time.

In addition, a blanket ban on the use of so-called 'spy cars' – mobile CCTV vehicles – by parking enforcement operators has also been introduced.

It is hoped that these new measures will serve to put an end to the practice of unfair parking tickets and help to reinvigorate town centres and retail areas across the UK, encouraging more people to park without fear of overstaying their welcome and helping to boost the economic recovery in the process.

Mr Pickles stated: "Our measures not only bring big benefits for high streets, motorists and local authorities – they put common sense back into parking."

Meanwhile, Mr McLoughlin added: "These measures will deliver a fairer deal for motorists and help boost the high street by ensuring that parking enforcement is proportionate."

 

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