Parking (Code of Practice) Act 2019 ends unfair parking fines by rogue private parking firms Photo by Georgia de Lotz on Unsplash

Drivers will be able to challenge unfair fines through new independent appeals service

Motorists across Britain will have greater protections against bogus parking fines as new measures to clamp down on rogue private parking firms become law.

The Parking (Code of Practice) Act will bring in greater regulation of the private parking industry. Drivers will be able to more easily challenge unfair parking tickets through a new independent appeals service.

A new single Code of Practice will ensure parking is consistent, transparent and easier to understand. If private parking firms break it then they could be barred from asking for motorists’ information from the DVLA to enforce tickets.

The new independent appeals service will also give drivers greater support to challenge unjustified parking tickets.

Local Government Minister Rishi Sunak MP said:

“Millions of us use private car parks every day, but for far too many drivers slapped with unjust fines this largely unregulated industry feels like the Wild West.

“Too often, I hear of awful treatment at the hands of dodgy parking firms, from problems paying for parking to intimidating demands for payment and baffling appeals processes.”

The new Code of Practice will be drafted later this year with industry stakeholders, and will provide the clarity of a single set of rules for private parking, with clearer processes of appeals.