New parking fine rules means many drivers will skip penalty charges

New parking fine rules are coming into force that aim to make the system fairer for motorists.

It means some drivers could have their penalty reduced to £20.

New rules will give drivers a 10-minute buffer period once they’ve hit their limit, and will also be a new appeals service which will wipe charges for those who have a legitimate reason such as those who accidentally fail to display their blue badge.

The changes have been put in place to stop parking firms handing out ‘unfair’ parking tickets, The Mirror reports.

Communities Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said: “These new measures are a victory for the millions of motorists across the country.

“They will put a stop once and for all to rogue parking firms using aggressive tactics and handing out unfair parking tickets with no right to appeal, while also boosting our high streets by making it easier for people to park near their local shops without being unfairly fined.

“Our proposals will restore common sense to the way parking fines are issued, while cracking down on the worst offenders who put other people in danger and hinder our emergency services from carrying out their duties.”

Fresh measures will include a new Appeals Service and Appeals Charter for motorists to dispute fines they disagree with.

Under options set out in the Appeals Charter, drivers will be able to appeal their fine and see it reduced to a maximum of £20, or cancelled entirely if they have a legitimate reason for overstaying their parking ticket, such as their vehicle broke down, they made a genuine error, like keying in a digit in their number plate incorrectly or they had a valid ticket, permit or Blue Badge that they failed to display correctly.

The consultations also propose a new, tiered approach to parking fines with a cap of £40 and £80 for less serious offences.

Under current rules, all fines are capped at £100, however this could be increased to £120 for drivers who wrongly park in disabled bays or ambulance bays.

New measures will also include a five minute cooling off period if they change their mind about parking and a requirement for firms to clearly display all of their charges, including contact details and the appeals process.

Rogue firms who break the law could be banned from requesting Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) data, making them unable to pursue motorists for their charges through the post.

Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation said: “The publication of the government’s consultation document alongside the BSI’s draft code of practice is a major milestone in bringing the provisions of Sir Greg Knight’s Parking Act to life.

“It is clearly important that we get the code of practice, and the framework within which it will sit, right, so I would encourage everyone with an interest to respond with their views.”

The consultation will now run until October 12.

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