Southport, Merseyside, 16th January,2015. 12.15pm Parking Blitz Central 12 Retail Park. The Government is committed to reining-in overzealous parking enforcement by introducing mandatory 10 minute ‘grace periods’ at the end of on-street paid for and free parking; councils and parking adjudicators, who rule on penalty charge notice appeals, would be obliged to follow the new statutory guidance; any breach would be deemed an illegal fine and trigger a refund. . "Southport's premier retail destination, with a wide range of stores and ample on site parking." Credit: Mar Photographics/Alamy Li

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Southport, Merseyside, 16th January,2015. 12.15pm Parking Blitz Central 12 Retail Park. The Government is committed to reining-in overzealous parking enforcement by introducing mandatory 10 minute ‘grace periods’ at the end of on-street paid for and free parking; councils and parking adjudicators, who rule on penalty charge notice appeals, would be obliged to follow the new statutory guidance; any breach would be deemed an illegal fine and trigger a refund. . "Southport's premier retail destination, with a wide range of stores and ample on site parking." Credit: Mar Photographics/Alamy Li
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The Government is committed to reining-in overzealous parking. In June 2014 the Government published a range of measures designed to help local shops, support drivers and give communities a greater say on parking policies which include: Making it illegal to use closed circuit television (CCTV) ‘spy cars’ alone to enforce on-street parking ending the plague of parking tickets by post. Introducing mandatory 10 minute ‘grace periods’ at the end of on-street paid for and free parking; councils and parking adjudicators, who rule on penalty charge notice appeals, would be obliged to follow the new statutory guidance; any breach would be deemed an illegal fine and trigger a refund. Trialing a 25% discount for motorists who lose an appeal against a parking ticket at tribunal on the full price of their parking ticket. Change guidance so motorists parking at an out-of-order meter are not fined if there are no alternative ways to pay. Reforming operational parking guidance so it is less heavy handed with motorists, prevents over-aggressive action by bailiffs, positively supports local shops and clearly reinforces the prohibition against parking being used to generate profit, proposing a widening of the powers of parking adjudicators. This could include, for example, measures to protect drivers where adjudicators have repeatedly identified a problem at a specific location, such as inadequate signage, and parking tickets have repeatedly been issued - in such circumstances, potential measures could see adjudicators allowed to direct an authority to stop issuing tickets or direct the authority to change the signage, or indeed both. Updating guidance so the public know when they can be awarded costs at tribunals. Increasing parking transparency so councils are required to publish how income from parking charges is being used, including a new statutory Transparency Code maintaining a freeze on parking penalty charges for the remainder of this Parliament.
Location: Southport, Merseyside, UK