Ministers reported to be putting weight behind MP's legislation
Ministers are preparing to put their weight behind a private members' bill which aims to curb the worst excesses of private parking firms.
The Times has reported that government will support the proposed legislation being brought forward by Sir Greg Knight MP.
The bill - Parking (Code of Practice) - aims to end industry self-regulation. It has already had its first reading in the House of Commons. The second reading is scheduled for February 2018.
According to data just published, the DVLA shared 1.74 million records with private parking companies in the first quarter of the 2017-18 financial year.
This is compared with the 1.06 million records released in quarter one 2016-17.
If the release of data was replicated across the remaining three quarters then the annual total would be 7 million, up from 4.7 million in 2016-17.
The records are used by parking companies to chase vehicle owners for alleged infringements of rules in private car parks. The penalty tickets the companies issue are often up to £100 each.
Responding to the report, Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, said:
“Each year millions of drivers discover to their cost the flaws in the private parking system, with more money than ever being made by companies that see it as an increasingly lucrative business to be in.
“The industry’s ability to draw up its own rules and regulations has worked, but only for the firms themselves. Now matters need to be taken out of their hands.
“Full-scale reform must include an independent code of practice, and an appeals system that takes into account mitigating circumstances.
“Parking should be an inconsequential act. Yet it routinely creates anxiety and misery for motorists. Ministers should not miss the opportunity to redress a huge imbalance.”
The Times article featured the case study of Cormac O'Keeffe who approached the RAC Foundation after being fined £100 by VCS for stopping for just a few seconds in a layby on an industrial estate to check directions.
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