Parking: Codes of Practice

Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities written question – answered on 6th February 2023.

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Photo of Lord Lipsey Lord Lipsey Labour

To ask His Majesty's Government, further to the Written Answer by the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities on 12 October 2022 (54476), why the Private Parking Code of Practice has not yet come into force.

Photo of Baroness Scott of Bybrook Baroness Scott of Bybrook Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities)

The Code was laid in Parliament in February 2022, after being written in conjunction with key industry and consumer stakeholders and subject to public consultation.

In June the DLUHC received two legal challenges from some members of the private parking industry against the decisions in the Code to introduce new levels of parking charges and to ban additional fees that are often added when those charges are not paid. In response, we temporarily withdrew the Code to undertake an impact assessment and further consultation, ahead of taking new decisions on these elements of the Code, on which my department is to consult further. I will confirm consultation timelines in due course.

I appreciate that this delay is frustrating, but I can assure you that I am keen to raise standards while following robust process to ensure that we create a new system that works for all.

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