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Government backs clampdown on rogue parking firms

New legislation that would help stop drivers getting parking tickets from rogue firms is to get full support from the Government.

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Private parking firms issued almost 13 times more tickets in 2016 compared to a decade ago.

Communities Secretary Sajid Javid said the Government would back the Parking (Code of Practice) Bill being introduced by Sir Greg Knight MP, which will effectively raise standards in the industry by developing a stringent Code of Practice and blocking rogue parking firms from accessing driver data and issuing fines. This would include banning wheel clamping and towing, and over-zealous parking enforcement by councils and parking wardens.

RAC Foundation data shows the number of driver records sold to private parking firms to issue tickets increased by 1,177% – or almost 13 times – in the decade between 2007 and 2016.

The RAC Foundation also predict the number of tickets issued by firms operating on private land will rise 28% during 2018 to 6 million from 4.7 million last year.

Mr Javid said: “We need a fairer, clearer and more consistent system that brings the small minority of unscrupulous operators in line with those who are behaving appropriately.”

The Parking (Code of Practice) Bill will receive its Second Reading in the House of Commons on Friday 2 February 2018.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.