Neil Parish, the local MP for Tiverton & Honiton, has asked the Government to clamp down on abuse by private parking companies.
A number of local constituents have had poor experiences with private parking companies. Many have been penalised excessively for small breaches, whilst others have been wrongly penalised with tickets - which have been subsequently overturned on appeal. There are also issues with data. Neil supports the Government in taking action on private parking companies and was pleased with the Parking (Code of Practice) Act, introduced earlier this year.
In a written question to the Ministry of Housing, Communities & local Government - Neil pressed the Minister, Luke Hall, for action to implement this vital Act:
To ask the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, what the timeframe is for (a) his Department to issue guidance on the (i) operation and (ii) management of private parking facilities and (b) the appointment of an independent office to deal with parking appeals under the Parking (Code of Practice) Act 2019.
The government is committed enacting the Parking (Code of Practice) Act 2019 as soon as possible. It will lead to the creation of an independent code of practice for private parking companies and, if the Code requires it, a single independent service for parking appeals. We are currently considering the options for the delivery of the Code, including the design of the levy on industry, as well as the format for stakeholder engagement. We will make an announcement in due course. We are also committed to carrying out a public consultation on the draft Code of Practice, allowing all interested parties to directly respond to the proposals.