The Government is considering a proposal that would give motorists a five-minute grace period before a ticket is issued. Many councils already allow motorists a limited duration before writing a ticket but it is a grey area which would be cleared up by being written into law.
This forms part of proposals that followed a report by MPs on the Transport Select Committee regarding public perception that parking fines are simply imposed to raise revenue for local authorities. Therefore, the proposed measures are considered to help councils become more transparent in their raising of revenue.
Councils will have to prepare annual reports in which they reveal how much income they make from parking charges and fines and will be reminded that parking fines are not a ‘cash cow’ to raise money for council spending.
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