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Tackle rogue private parking operators

Last updated: 10:59pm 27 November 2018

We will take steps to tackle rogue private parking operators.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2017, p.59

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Currently, there are two parking trade associations, the British Parking Association (BPA) and the International Parking Community (IPC) overseeing the private parking sector. Each association has its own code of practice, which can make things challenging for drivers, particularly when it comes to appealing against parking tickets.

The Citizens Advice Bureau received almost 10,000 requests for advice on private parking tickets in 2017. And recent figures from the RAC Foundation indicate a 14% rise in tickets issued by private parking companies in the past year, reaching 1,479,152 in the first quarter of the financial year 2018-19.

This policy is a promise to tackle private parking operators who engage in unscrupulous practices.

In January 2018, the government announced its support for legislation to introduce a mandatory “stringent new Code of Practice” for the industry, replacing the two existing codes. It said:

“Those falling foul of the rules would then be blocked from accessing driver data and issuing fines, effectively forcing them out of the industry.”

The Parking (Code of Practice) Bill is making its way through the stages towards becoming law. Once it becomes an Act of Parliament we will be able to say government has taken steps to fulfil this policy pledge. For now, it’s certainly ‘in progress’. Follow this policy for updates on the progress of the bill.

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