New private parking ticket appeals service to launch next year
A new private parking ticket appeals service will launch next year, the Government has confirmed. Meanwhile, a raft of measures designed to make private parking tickets cheaper and fairer have also been announced.
Currently, there are two parking trade associations – the British Parking Association and the International Parking Community – which have their own codes of practice. The body you appeal to depends on which association the operator that issues the fine is signed up to.
But the Government says it wants a single, independent appeals service for motorists to turn to if they receive a private parking fine to be created. We've asked the Government if there's any further detail on who will run this body and we'll update this story when we hear back.
In addition, under the new plans, motorists would be given a 50% discount for early payment, and the level of parking fine should be more proportionate to the nature and seriousness of the breach. Other proposals include a five-minute cooling-off period where motorists can consider the T&Cs before deciding whether to park.
The Government says further details will be available when a final code is published in due course. It hasn't given a date for this announcement, but it plans for the new single private parking appeals service to go live in mid-2022. It follows a Government consultation on a raft of proposed changes to private parking rules, which was held last year.
See our Fight Unfair Private Parking Tickets guide for full info on appealing against tickets from private firms. If you've been hit by a council ticket, see our separate Parking Ticket Appeals guide.