There are a number of things that can ruin your experience behind the wheel; bad drivers, dented doors and the teeth grinder: Parking fines. With reports of people being fined nearly as much as £100 at a time, it’s time to crack down on this ridiculous rip-off antic. And worst of all, it’s the private firms that are charging rates like this!
But alas, earlier this summer a new rule came in to cut down on these types of fines, just after reports of a rise in the number of private firms ripping people off. The Department for Communities and Local Government has the ball rolling on a procedure which limits private firms’ access to drivers’ personal details in order to stop ‘chasing’ people for fine money. New rules also state that firms cannot be dishonest about who they’re fining and there will soon be limits on the amount of money that can be charged. The government are also looking into the option to cap recurring fines and instead investigate the cause of recurrence.
This is all well and good but it doesn’t prevent one of the main reasons why people park dishonestly. There are a lack of parking spaces everywhere, particularly in the more residential areas and car parks charge huge rates for short term parking. Maybe this is an issue that needs to be solved at the root of the problem and not the consequential one? If parking spots were made cheaper and more were available, then it would reduce how many people are issued tickets.
Concerns are also raised when you consider the amount of money the council might make off of parking fines. Where does it go? How much profit are they making? Aren’t we paying enough council tax anyway?!
It just puts additional pressure on motorists. As well as more cars being on the roads, building works around every corner, there’s now the worry of a rip-off parking charge. And sure, you could argue not to fall into the trap of receiving a fine. But you can only park in a space that is actually available.
And just remember, you can always appeal. But be prepared for a long-winded, tedious process. Let’s hope the government puts these new procedures into place very quickly…
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