Neil asks Government when private parking companies will be brought to hilt

Neil Parish, the MP for Tiverton & Honiton, has asked the Government when a new parking code of practice will be brought forward. 

Neil has had a number of constituents who have suffered at the hands of local private parking companies. The Government has brought forward legislation in the form of the Parking (Code of Practice) Act 2019, but new rules and regulations have yet to take effect. Neil asked when this will be. 

Question:
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what progress has been made towards establishing a code of practice under the Parking (Code of Practice) Act 2019. (9659)

Tabled on: 29 January 2020

Answer:
Luke Hall:

On 3 November 2019, we announced we were contracting with the British Standards Institution (BSI) to develop the Code of Practice as British Standard, to ensure the new regulation will be robust and of the highest quality.

The government’s choice of BSI delivers on our promise to listen to industry and consumers and involve them in the design of the new regulation.

Work with BSI commenced in December 2019, and they are now convening a group of key stakeholders to write the Code. The stakeholder group will comprise representatives from the parking industry, consumer groups, standards bodies and, recognising the key role that parking plays in supporting our high streets, the retail sector.

A full public consultation will take place within six months, to give the parking industry, the public, and other interested parties the opportunity to have a say.

We have committed to developing the final Code this year.