Private parking firm crackdown as government reveals new laws

In a victory for This is Money’s campaign against private parking sharks, a bill that could potentially stop motorists’ details from being flogged to private firms has today become law.

The new Parking (Code of Practice) Act 2019 creates a single code of practice and independent appeals service that applies across the whole industry. 

The MP behind the act, Greg Knight, called it ‘overdue’, and said it would ‘bring fairness and transparency.’ 

Meanwhile, Local Government Minister Rishi Sunak MP, has written for us below, stating: ‘The rogue operators are on their way out for good.’

Rishi Sunak, MP for Richmond (Yorks) and Minister in the Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government

We have all experienced that sinking feeling on returning to your car and finding a yellow parking ticket on the windscreen or worse, the arrival of a fine on your doormat weeks later. 

You wrack your brain to remember if there was a sign and you know you left the car park on time and paid correctly while you were there.

Last month, research from the RAC Foundation predicted that to April of this year 6.8 million drivers will have their records sold to car parking firms, an increase of 20 per cent on last year. 

These details are then used to send fines to drivers and many of these will be unjustified.

I am happy to say from today things are changing. The Government is putting an end to the bad behaviour of rogue parking operators for good as the Parking (Code of Practice) Act becomes law.

For far too long rogue private parking firms have been slapping unfair fines on unsuspecting motorists for breaking rules when it wasn’t clear what the rules were. 

If you have ever fallen foul of a rogue private parking operator you’ll also know it can also be very difficult to challenge the company and months of stress as you try to resolve a fine.

The new Act will ensure those who operate car parks on private land will have to keep to a single Code of Practice and any failure to comply will mean they risk losing access to DVLA data. Ultimately, this will put them out of business.

The Code of Practice will apply across Britain, so anywhere a driver parks across England, Scotland and Wales, the rules will be the same. 

A new independent appeals service will also be created to support drivers to challenge unjustified parking tickets and offer impartial advice.

Through the Parking (Code of Practice) Act, we are stamping out shoddy practices to get a fair deal for motorists. From today the rogue operators are on their way out for good.