10 Minute Parking Grace Can Save Southport Town Centre?

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By Office of John Pugh
MP John Pugh has welcomed the new proposed changes to parking laws as a “sensible adjustment to the balance of power”. Previously the MP has proposed that in-town parking be run by the Business Improvement District not the council.

“The whole problem in Southport has been over-zealous enforcement and this new Statutory Instrument spikes that in favour of common sense,” the MP said.

“Under the new laws to help local shops, drivers will get a 10 minute grace period when parked in a bay, which prevents fines for being just a few minutes late back to the vehicle – be it in a paid or free parking space.

The measures stop over-zealous parking enforcement which often forces people to shop in out-of-town centres or online and were approved in the last reading of parking reforms in the Deregulation Bill.

Other measures protecting drivers include new powers for parking adjudicators so they can hold councils to account to tackle parking problems such as poor signage at specific locations.

And a powerful new right enables residents and local firms to demand that their council reviews parking in their area, including the charges and use of yellow lines.

The Department for Transport is publishing revised statutory guidance that ensures that ensure:

  • Drivers are not fined for parking at out-of-order parking meters
  • Bailiffs do not use overly aggressive action
  • Reinforces that using parking to generate profit is prohibited
  • Gives parking adjudicators stronger powers to hold councils to account so they can seek to address parking problems
  • Parking policies support local shops

The Department for Communities and Local Government is publishing new statutory guidance that ensures local residents and firms can petition to initiate a formal review of parking policies in their area from the council, with councillors then voting on the action to be taken.

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