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Private Parking Bill to Receive Second Reading

Posted in General News on Thursday, February 1st, 2018

Following its proposal by the Conservative MP, Sir Greg Knight, in July 2016 the Private Parking Code of Practice Bill will receive its second reading in the House of Commons tomorrow (2nd February 2018). With this Bill Sir Greg Knight is aiming to standardise the rules and regulations which govern all private car parks in the UK. A recent survey, conducted by the RAC Foundation, showed that 93% of British motorists support the Bill which will see a more stringent set of rules placed on the virtually unregulated private parking sector. The survey also revealed that 81% of the British motorists who took part in the survey feel that private parking companies have a poor reputation mainly because they are too aggressive in the way they collect debts, the signage in their car parks is often difficult to read and their parking charges are too high. RAC Roads Policy Spokesman, Nicholas Lyes, commented: “The motorists we questioned expressed very strong views about the practices of private parking companies, presumably based on numerous unfortunate experiences, so it is excellent news that the Government will support Sir Greg Knight’s Bill into law. The RAC has long campaigned for such a code to be introduced so we are hopeful this will lead to a better experience for everyone who uses car parks run by private parking companies.”

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