Councils call for rise in parking penalty charges to protect responsible motorists from selfish parking

Politics / Sat 28th Aug 2021 at 11:00am

NEW research by the British Parking Association (BPA) reveals an overwhelming consensus amongst UK local authorities on the need to review and raise parking penalty charges to make them a more effective deterrent. Councils also want greater consistency between the level of parking penalty charges in London and those outside the capital, including other major cities and urban areas.

Effective parking management is essential to support sustainable growth and improve road safety for everyone.

91% of local authorities agree that the current penalty charge level outside of London is not high enough, to deter or discourage irresponsible rule-breaking, especially where parking is not allowed.

Selfish and irresponsible parking in busy car parks increases congestion and makes it increasingly difficult for responsible motorists to find somewhere to park and get on with their daily lives.

95% of respondents agree that the Scottish Government is right to review and increase its penalty charge level, and that a similar increase is required in England and Wales. This would encourage better compliance with parking rules and support transport plans including active travel.

Separate data from a leading car park operator, found that a proposed reduction of the parking charge level in the private sector would lead to an insufficient deterrent. This is expected to result in an increase in rule breaches and more parking charge notices being issued in privately operated car parks.

Andrew Pester, BPA Chief Executive, said: “The findings of this survey reinforces the urgent need to review and raise penalty charges everywhere to encourage compliance with the parking rules. We will continue to work closely with government as well as calling for effective deterrents to inconsiderate parking both on public roads and in private car parks.”

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3 Comments for Councils call for rise in parking penalty charges to protect responsible motorists from selfish parking:

2021-08-28 11:31:59

Of course just to ensure that the parking companies can extort more money from motorists and swell their profits. What a joke. Parking is a problem because of atroiciously poor planning, town design and public transport. Take a look around at places around the world where problems are being solved. Look at Cambridge Parking is FREE and plenty of it at park and ride. The way forward in towns is good 24 x 7 transport, hydrogen buses, electric bikes, scooters and very small electric bubble cars and better housing (with underground parking) not more clampers and parking fines, treat the problem at source not line the pockets of private companies.

2021-08-29 12:39:45

u need to check fold croft, kerril croft, hobto road, ram gorse, springhills, canons brook as the parking is really bad, its always so hard to find a parking space, vans are even parking in disabld and yellow lines, cars parked in garages with no mot or insurnce will you knock down garages as they are being used for keeping stuff not for cars, because this is unfair especially when its the school run, you cant keep fining people when they are working and have no where to park

2021-08-29 12:59:47

Fold Croft etc, possible solution: better public transport, pedestrainise and assign parking places with locks and barriers to residents annually to those who are taxed, insuranced and disabled. Permits for visitors and tow the rest: no need to increase charges. Parking is a problem that arises from the design of the location being out of date and or inappropriate. In the main Harlow was designed for walking and cycling at a time when three were far fewer cars. The system or the design needs to be fit for purpose. Very small electric vehicles a d bikes might be an evolving solution.

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