Drivers in England will get 10 minutes’ grace before being fined if they stay too long in council-owned car parking spaces, the government has announced.
The changes are expected to come in within weeks and will apply to all on-street and off-street council parking spots. Other measures in the Deregulation Bill include a right for residents and local firms to demand their council reviews parking in their area.
The motive behind this new change is that for too long parking rules have made law-abiding motorists have felt like criminals, causing significant damage to shops and business. Over-zealous parking enforcement undermines our town centres and costs councils more in the long term.
Councils will also be given more guidance that they cannot use parking fines to make a profit.