Major change to parking rules could slash fines by half

A Penalty Charge Notice on a car windshield

Parking fine fees could be cut by half very soon

Do you feel that some parking fines are unfairly expensive? That could be about to change under new Government plans which aim to cut the amount drivers can be fined by private parking firms.

What’s the current fine?

Currently, the exact charge you’re required to pay when you receive a parking ticket will be stated on the ticket itself, but the amount generally ranges from £80-100. The fine is dependent on the area you live in and what kind of parking offence you’ve committed.

The new rules

There are several different proposals the Government is considering, one of which would see all private parking fines be cut by half. This would save millions of people money, which is particularly important during the cost-of-living crisis.

Another option being considered would see fine amounts remaining the same, but drivers receiving a discount of 40% if they pay within 14 days, similar to how council parking fines currently work.

The last option is a little more complicated. It involves a two-tier system where the amount you pay is dependent on the seriousness of the offence. For example, in London you would either pay £80 or £130 depending on the specific offense committed.

Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove said: “Millions of people across the country use private car parks and we want this to continue without them having the fear of being slapped with unfair and costly charges.”

Can you appeal a private parking fine?

While you are required to pay a private parking fine, it is possible to appeal if you think you’ve been unfairly charged.

Currently, if you bought a ticket, but didn’t display it correctly, this is not grounds to appeal, although the Government is looking to change this rule.

Instructions on how to appeal will come enclosed with the fine, and if you think you have grounds to appeal (ie signage was unclear or misleading) you’ll be able to fight the fine.

It’s recommended you enclose images with your appeal where possible, either of proof that you paid to park or images of unclear signage to help your case move quickly.

You must respond to the fine in some way, either by paying or appealing, or you could be taken to court by the owner of the private car park/property.

Be aware of other fines you could face by reading our blog on little-known driving rules.

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