Changes in the law aim to bring an end to decades of complaints from motorists about “over-zealous parking enforcement”.

Drivers are to get ten minutes’ grace before being given a ticket if they stay too long on council parking spots.

The changes in the law in England 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.

CCTV camera cars that automatically issue parking fines are to be made illegal – apart from in areas near schools and in bus lanes.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said: “We are ending the war on drivers who simply want to go about their daily business.

ots-parking attendant civil enforcement officers southport ots onthespot ots too long parking rules have made law-abiding motorists feel like criminals, and caused enormous damage to shops and businesses.

“Over-zealous parking enforcement undermines our town centres and costs councils more in the long term.”

Fines at out-of-order parking meters when there is no alternative way to pay will also be scrapped.

ots-southport-parking-moneyAnd councils will also be given more guidance that they cannot use parking fines to make a profit.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said: “These measures will deliver a fairer deal for motorists and help boost the high street by ensuring that parking enforcement is proportionate, while also protecting schoolchildren and keeping key routes and bus lanes clear.”


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