Parking Ticket Fines New Rules Wolverhampton

Parking Ticket Fines New Rules Wolverhampton

Parking Ticket Fines New Rules Wolverhampton

Drivers will get a 10-minute grace period from traffic wardens when late back to their car, the government has announced.

Local government and communities secretary Eric Pickles and transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin announced that drivers will avoid getting fines for being a few minutes late back to their vehicle parked in a free or paid bay.

In addition, the use of CCTV ‘spy cars’ has been banned in the majority of circumstances, which the government said ended “the tyranny of automated fines landing on doorsteps and being issued in industrial volumes”.

The government said the measures stopped over-zealous parking enforcement which often forces people to shop in out-of-town centres or online and were approved in the last reading of parking reforms in the Deregulation Bill.

Other measures protecting drivers include new powers for parking adjudicators so they can hold councils to account to tackle parking problems such as poor signage at specific locations.

In addition, residents and local firms will be able to demand that their council reviews parking in their area, including the charges and use of yellow lines.

There will also be tougher rules against heavy-handed action by bailiffs and an end to fines at out-of-order parking meters when there is no alternative way to pay.

Guidance will also reinforce that councils cannot use parking to make a profit.

Communities secretary Eric Pickles said: “We are ending the war on drivers who simply want to go about their daily business. For too long parking rules have made law-abiding motorists feel like criminals, and caused enormous damage to shops and businesses.”