Motorists set to benefit from new parking laws

A traffic warden issues a parking ticket
A traffic warden issues a parking ticket

Drivers are to get 10 minutes’ grace after a parking ticket runs out before they can be hit with a fine.

Under a change in the law to take effect within weeks, the leeway will apply to all on-street and off-street council parking spots in England.

The move is designed to bring an end to decades of drivers’ complaints about returning to their cars moments after a ticket expires to find they have already been hit with a penalty.

The new rules, approved as part of the Deregulation Bill, will apply to cars parked in a pay-and-display bay or other spaces with time limits.

Other measures include a right for residents and local firms to demand that their council reviews parking in their area.

CCTV camera cars that automatically issue parking fines are to be made illegal, except in sensitive areas such as near schools.

There will be an end to fines at out-of-order parking meters when there is no alternative way to pay.

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

“For 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.

“Our measures not only bring big benefits for high streets, motorists and local authorities – they put common sense back into parking.”

A borough council spokesman told The Whitby Gazette that its wardens already gave drivers a 10-minute grace period before issuing tickets, and 15 minutes in disc 
zones.

The new legislation will not apply to people parked 
illegally on double yellow lines or loading bays, who will be ticketed immediately.