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Parking (Code of Practice) Bill (2 Feb 2018)

Greg Knight: With the leave of the House, I would like to thank all Members who have taken part in the debate and expressed their support. I particularly want to thank the Minister for indicating Government support for the Bill, the shadow Minister, the hon. Member for Makerfield (Yvonne Fovargue), and the Scottish National party spokesperson, the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire (Pete...

Parking (Code of Practice) Bill (2 Feb 2018)

Greg Knight: May I correct my hon. Friend? My understanding is that the DVLA does refuse to give access to rogue parking companies, so the threshold beyond which a company is regarded as “rogue” is perhaps what needs changing. That is the point.

Parking (Code of Practice) Bill (2 Feb 2018)

Greg Knight: May I take up this theme? The Bill is really saying to cowboy operators, “‘Get Back’. You will no longer have a ‘Ticket to Ride’. And if you do not follow the statutory code of practice, it will be a case, for your business, of ‘Hello, Goodbye.’”

Parking (Code of Practice) Bill (2 Feb 2018)

Greg Knight: My hon. Friend is right as far as the present situation is concerned, but if the Bill proceeds, I anticipate that the new mandatory code of practice would require transparency of data. I hope that the Minister will commit to ensuring that information about the number of tickets issued per car park will be in the public domain.

Parking (Code of Practice) Bill (2 Feb 2018)

Greg Knight: I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time. Parking is an indispensable part of motoring. If you arrive by a car, you need to park it. Our high streets, in-town businesses, many other facilities and even some housing units are all only reachable, useable or viable through the use of local parking facilities. According to the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency, there are 38...

Parking (Code of Practice) Bill (2 Feb 2018)

Greg Knight: I give way to the hon. Gentleman, whom I regard as an hon. Friend.

Parking (Code of Practice) Bill (2 Feb 2018)

Greg Knight: It is only common courtesy in business to respond to correspondence. I expect the code of practice to have a requirement that where someone challenges a parking notice, whether it be the car owner, the car owner’s solicitor or the car owner’s MP, the parking company is obliged to respond, and within a reasonable time—I would say 14 days.

Parking (Code of Practice) Bill (2 Feb 2018)

Greg Knight: My hon. Friend is absolutely right. In some cases it appears that confusion is designed to ensure that a parking ticket is issued against the unsuspecting motorist.

Parking (Code of Practice) Bill (2 Feb 2018)

Greg Knight: I certainly would condemn that, and I will share an example with the House shortly of a similar case that I regard as outrageous. Today, we have the opportunity to tackle this issue. I know that the worst abuses feature in the emails and postbags of all Members of Parliament. Not only my constituents in East Yorkshire but motorists right across the country are angry and calling for action....

Parking (Code of Practice) Bill (2 Feb 2018)

Greg Knight: That is a fair point. My Bill seeks to deal with that, and I will come on to it in a moment. If we have a statutory code of conduct, certainly consequences will flow for a company not adhering to it.

Parking (Code of Practice) Bill (2 Feb 2018)

Greg Knight: I agree. When we are dealing with private land, such notices should be called private parking notices. The code of practice, if the Bill goes ahead, should contain requirements about what is in the parking notice so that it cannot mimic a police ticket or a court document, and cannot use unnecessary threatening language. My hon. Friend makes a good point. The case has been drawn to my...

Parking (Code of Practice) Bill (2 Feb 2018)

Greg Knight: I think “Lucky” is my hon. Friend’s middle name. The cases I have itemised and that my hon. Friends have drawn to the attention of the House have one thing in common. They show a lack of fairness and a sense of injustice about how the motorists were treated, yet they are just a few examples of what is happening across the UK under the present advisory code regimes. I am sure...

Parking (Code of Practice) Bill (2 Feb 2018)

Greg Knight: If there are a number of payment machines and one of them is not working, that is not an excuse, but if there is only one machine or all the machines are out of order, that ought to be a perfect defence. The company operating the car park has in effect invited the motorist on to the car park to park the car on payment of a fee, and if it is not going to facilitate payment, it should not be...

Parking (Code of Practice) Bill (2 Feb 2018)

Greg Knight: I am most grateful to my hon. Friend for his support. We can all agree that action is overdue on this. The changes in the Bill will reassure drivers that private car park operators will in future treat them in a fair and proportionate manner. If they do not—here I answer a point raised earlier—drivers will have access to a robust, transparent and independent appeals service. The...

Parking (Code of Practice) Bill (2 Feb 2018)

Greg Knight: The Bill provides the framework for the introduction of a fair code. In my discussions with the Minister, for which I am obliged to him, he has indicated that he expects signage to play a part in the code. The code should set out that signage must be adequate and must provide details of how to contact a company to make a complaint or dispute a ticket, as well as details of how to activate an...

Baby Leave for Members of Parliament: Hospital Car Parking Charges (1 Feb 2018)

Greg Knight: My hon. Friend is making a good point: the cost falls disproportionately on those who live in rural areas.

Restoration and Renewal (Report of the Joint Committee) (31 Jan 2018)

Greg Knight: Will my right hon. Friend confirm that every Member of the House will have a free vote on this matter and that Ministers will not be subject to a payroll Whip?

Automated and Electric Vehicles Bill (Programme) (No. 2): Transmission of data relating to charge points (29 Jan 2018)

Greg Knight: I support the new clause because smart charging is the way forward. Filling station owners currently need to display the price per unit of their petrol, diesel and liquefied petroleum gas on a large sign so that motorists can decide whether to go to that particular station before they enter the forecourt. Does my hon. Friend agree that it is essential that electric charging points are...

Pubs Code 2016 — [Mr David Crausby in the Chair] (24 Jan 2018)

Greg Knight: I congratulate the hon. Gentleman on initiating this debate. Does he agree that another problem is that the adjudicator has a tendency to make his decisions in private, thereby preventing a bank of knowledge from being built up by tenants, who could perhaps use some of the decisions as precedents?

Oral Answers to Questions — Health: GP Services (19 Dec 2017)

Greg Knight: What steps he is taking to increase the capacity and availability of GP services.


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