Drivers get a fairer deal on parking fines

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It will now be harder for private parking firms to issue fines for overstaying your ticket, thanks to a change in the rules. A new ruling to bring private car parks into line with car parks run by local councils and authorities took effect on October 1, meaning you now have at least 10 minutes after your parking ticket expires before a private parking attendant can issue you a fine.

Grace period

The new rules have been brought in following an investigation carried out by the British Parking Association (BPA) which found private firm UK Parking Control had tampered with evidence in order to issue fines. In its findings, the BPA said the practice of offering financial incentives to parking attendants/wardens which relate to the number of penalty charge notices (PCNs) they dish out is “wholly unacceptable”. The BPA’s Patrick Troy said: “We want to make it easier for motorists to park in whichever car park they use when they go about their daily business. By making private car parks as similar to local authority ones as possible life becomes much simpler for the motorist.”

Appealing a penalty charge notice

If you do get a fine issued by a private firm, you’re entitled to challenge it through Parking On Private Land Appeals (POPLA). You can read our blog post about your rights when it comes to penalty charge notices and the appeals process here. If your appeal fails, however, the new rule changes mean you’ll now get twice as long to pay the issuer of the fine after POPLA makes its decision – going from 14 to 28 days and bringing the rules into line with local authority car parks.

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