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New laws makes fighting against private parking fines tougher

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Private parking companies will now be able to pursue owners of vehicles for payment of parking charges if the driver does not pay. The Protection of Freedoms Bill, introduced over the weekend, drastically widens the powers of private parking companies and increases the unfairness of parking charges considerably – which strangely goes against its purpose says, NoParkingFine.

Private parking companies are making an average of £64-£128 million every year, and the new laws would mean private parking companies can pursue the registered keepers of vehicles when they cannot get hold of the driver who commits a parking offence.

Safiya Hussain, director of NoParkingFine Ltd, states ‘this is a shocker. In the same bill the government is putting an end to the clamping scam yet assisting the private parking fine scam. It’s wholly contradictory and makes no sense. Why should a registered keeper be liable for a parking charge that he had nothing to do with? It’s ridiculous. The majority of private parking fines are issued under the same underhanded tactics used by clampers, and this new law will just help them take more of our money unfairly.’

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  • Harry - 30/09/2012 17:23

    Exactly what is the new law. Everybody is winging, but what does the new law state. Has offenses concerning private parking become a criminal offense same as a road traffic offense and involving the police. or still classed as a civil offense. As far as I understand it, the rules have not changed apart from the fact that the operator now has permission to chase up the owner,through DVLA. That does not mean that the owner is guilty, if he was not the driver, although the owner may be required to say who was driving. To my mind if the parking conditions are not well displayed then the driver should not be held responsible if he breaches those conditions. Contractual law itself needs to be full understood as it may have been breached, again warranting a non payment..

    • Bill Rankin - 15/10/2012 13:33

      @Harry - Simple solution for the registered keeper is to provide a drivers details & address from outside the UK, they have no power to chase up overseas residents who borrowed your vehicle whilst here on business or holiday. Investigating and chasing up overseas persons would be to costly and UK laws have no power or enforcement outside the UK

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