17,137 tickets per day. That’s the number of parking tickets being issued by private parking companies who regularly issue fines of up to £100 for perceived infringements on private land. And it’s a trend that seems set to continue.
According to Steve Gooding, director the RAC foundation, “it is inconceivable that each year millions and millions of drivers are purposefully leaving themselves open to paying such huge sums of money. The fact that ticketing has reached such epidemic proportions demonstrates exactly why legislation is needed.”
Thankfully, it does seem that this is going to happen, at least if Sir Greg Knight MP has his way. He has introduced the Private Parking (Code of Practice) Bill which seeks to ensure that fair and reasonable protection is offered to both drivers and land owners.
The Bill has already reached it’s second reading in the House of Commons and it is clear that there is wide spread support amongst ministers and the public that something needs to be done. Simply allowing private parking companies to make up their own rules and standards of operating cannot be allowed and, whilst legislation can sometimes be a rather blunt tool, something has to give.
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