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Question for Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities

UIN 148196, tabled on 28 March 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, what steps he is taking to ensure that enforcement by private parking firms is proportionate and appropriate.

Answered on

5 April 2022

On 7 February the Government published its Private Parking Code of Practice, a key milestone in the implementation of the Parking (Code of Practice) Act 2019. It sets out the requirements that private parking companies must follow when enforcing parking restrictions in England, Scotland and Wales.

The Code is part of a wider regulatory framework which includes the establishment of a Scrutiny and Oversight Board to monitor the new system, a certification scheme to which operators must adhere if they wish to access keeper data to enforce parking charges and the creation of a single independent appeals service for motorists to turn to if they are unhappy with the handling of an appeal by an operator.

The new Code and regulatory framework will ensure that terms and conditions and enforcement and appeal processes are fair, consistent, and proportionate, boosting our high streets and town centres by making it easier for people to park without receiving unwarranted charges.