Parking: Fines

Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government written question – answered on 24th July 2020.

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Photo of Lord Shipley Lord Shipley Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the increase in the number of fines levied by private car park operators in the past ten years.

Photo of Lord Greenhalgh Lord Greenhalgh Minister of State (Housing, Communities and Local Government), The Minister of State, Home Department

Government does not hold figures on fines levied by private car park operators.

At present, the private parking industry is self-regulating. However, the Parking (Code of Practice) Act will lead to the creation of an independent Code of Practice for private parking companies and a “one-stop-shop” for private sector parking appeals.

The Code will be developed in consultation with stakeholders but Government fully expects the Code to cover such areas as the clear display of terms and conditions for consumers, grace periods to allow motorists time to pay and leave the car park, professional standards of behaviour expected of parking operators and a fair process for appealing parking charges.

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