New parking rules could mean millions of drivers won’t have to pay penalty fines

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Millions of drivers could see their parking fines reduced to £20 under new proposals to crack down on "aggressive" firms.

The new rules will give motorists a 10-minute buffer period once they've hit their limit.

While a new appeals process will wipe charges for those who have an excuse, such as accidentally forgetting their blue badge.

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."

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

Drivers will be able to appeal their fine and see it reduced to a maximum of £20 under the Appeals Charter.

The consultations, which will run now until October 12, also propose a new approach to parking fines with a cap of £40 and £80 for less serious offences.

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

And the new measures will also include a 5-minute cooling off period, if they change their mind about parking.

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."

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