COWBOY parking firms are facing a crackdown — with a cap on fines and more rights for unsuspecting motorists.
Drivers will get ten minutes’ grace before a warden can issue a late fee and five minutes after pulling up to decide if they want to stay.
Rogue firms will be barred from using “aggressive or pseudo-legal language” to bully people into paying and must clearly display prices and T&Cs.
An Appeals Charter will enable motorists to try to reduce or overturn fines.
Penalties for minor offences will be capped between £40 and £80, below the current £100.
They can be cut to £20 or wiped out if the driver has made an “innocent error” or can show extenuating circumstances.
Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said: “For too long, cowboy parking firms across the country have operated in an unregulated industry, often ripping off drivers with dubious parking tickets. This needs to stop.
“These new rules will help restore people’s confidence that they won’t have to worry about being fined unfairly.”
Public consultation on the proposals starts today.
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