There’s nothing quite like the panic felt when rushing back to your car to try and beat the parking meter. And nothing quite like the anger felt when you arrive at your car a couple of minutes late only to find it’s already been slapped with a ticket. All that is about to change though…
10 more minutesDrivers in England will be given 10 minutes’ grace before being hit with a fine if they stay too long in council-owned car parking spaces. The government has announced the grace period will kick in later this month, along with other measures designed to stop councils making money from parking fines. Local authorities in England have been under fire in recent years after it emerged they were collectively making millions of pounds in profit out of parking fines – figures from the RAC Foundation show councils in England made a combined profit of £667million from on and off-street parking in 2103-14 alone. The new measures include:
- guidance for councils reminding them they are banned from "using parking to generate profit"
- a right for residents and businesses to demand - by a petition - that a council "reviews parking in their area"
- new powers for parking adjudicators so they can "hold councils to account"
- protection to stop drivers being fined after parking at out-of-order meters
- a ban on the use of CCTV "spy cars" except in no-parking areas such as bus lanes and near schools.