Millions of motorists are set to benefit from a major UK Government crackdown on rogue parking firms which will see fines slashed and a clearer and fairer appeals system created; a move which has been welcomed by Samuel Kurtz MS, Senedd Member for Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire.
A new package of measures announced yesterday (7 February 2022) will protect drivers from unfair and extortionate charges, with a new Code of Practice to help keep private parking firms in check.
The proposals include a maximum cap for parking fines, a 10-minute grace period before a late fine can be issued, and a requirement for parking firms to clearly display pricing and terms and conditions.
Speaking about the announcement, Samuel Kurtz MS said:
“Some communities across West Wales have been plagued by private parking firms who wanted to cash in on the large numbers of tourists that visit our fabulous destinations.
“However, it’s not only tourists who are caught out by large parking fines from private companies, but locals too.
“With this announcement from the UK Government, action can be taken to ensure a level of fairness and standardisation from parking firms, and stop some of the dodgy practices some companies undertake in.
“This will better protect our local communities, and ensure these companies aren't cashing in on motorists. ”