Hundreds of thousands of drivers are likely to have been illegally penalised for overstaying their welcome whilst parking on private land.
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"Budget 2015 builds on the support provided by the government to motorists over this Parliament. The Fuel Duty increase by RPI planned for 1 September 2015, due to be 0.54 pence per litre, will be cancelled."
Tackling the condition of roads and pavements is seen by British adults as the most important transport priority for the next government.
More than half (53%) believe this should be the number one issue for ministers to address after the general election in May.
The cost of travelling by train is regarded as the second priority (42%).
The cost of using a car (e.g. petrol prices) came third on the list (30%).
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The Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government has promised to crack down on what he calls private parking 'sharks', according to press reports.
The news comes just days after the Prime Minister transferred powers for regulating the private parking industry from the Department for Transport to the DCLG.
Commenting on the news, Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, said:
"This is a significant announcement with a potentially huge impact for millions of drivers. It is pleasing that the minister sees the transfer of powers as a prelude to action which has been long overdue: namely the reining in of companies who dish out parking tickets like confetti and often charge drivers £100 or more for overstaying their welcome by a matter of moments. Legal advice for us says many of these tickets are ‘unconscionable’ and ‘unenforceable’.
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