William Eichler 26 November 2018

Whitehall backs ‘one-stop shop’ for appealing private parking fines

Whitehall backs ‘one-stop shop’ for appealing private parking fines image

The Government has thrown its weight behind a new independent appeals service for drivers wishing to challenge private parking fines.

The Parking (Code of Practice) Bill, which received the backing of the House of Commons on Friday, will provide drivers with the means to challenge unfair tickets from rogue private parking firms.

This will be backed up with a new Code of Practice, which will be developed by secretary of state James Brokenshire MP in conjunction with motorists’ groups and other experts.

‘Millions of drivers use private car parks every day, and far too many of them are receiving unjust fines at the hands of rogue firms,’ said local government minister, Rishi Sunak MP.

‘We need a fairer, clearer and more consistent system that puts the brake on the unfair practices being experienced by too many drivers.

‘I am delighted that MPs have unanimously backed these changes and that the Government is on track to create a better system for our nation’s motorists.’

Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, said: ‘We particularly welcome the proposal for a single, independent appeals service, which, together with a single, clear code of practice should establish a better, clearer framework and a level playing field that is fairer for all.’

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