HAVE YOUR SAY: End to ‘over zealous’ parking tickets?

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Pendle motorists worried about being fined for parking for too long in time-restricted areas can rest a little easier.

Under new laws announced by the Government today, drivers will get a 10-minute grace period when parked in a bay which prevents fines for being just a few minutes late back to the vehicle – be it in a paid or free parking space.

For too long parking rules have made law-abiding motorists feel like criminals, and caused enormous damage to shops and businesses

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles

The measures stop over-zealous parking enforcement which often forces people to shop in out-of-town centres or online and were approved in the last reading of parking reforms in the Deregulation Bill.

Other measures include new powers for parking adjudicators so they can hold councils to account to tackle parking problems such as poor signage at specific locations.

And a powerful new right enables residents and local firms to demand their council reviews parking in their area, including the charges and use of yellow lines.

There will also be tougher rules against heavy-handed action by bailiffs and an end to fines at out-of-order parking meters when there is no alternative way to pay. Guidance will also reinforce that councils cannot use parking to make a profit.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said: “We are ending the war on drivers who simply want to go about their daily business. For too long parking rules have made law-abiding motorists feel like criminals, and caused enormous damage to shops and businesses.

“Over-zealous parking enforcement undermines our town centres and costs councils more in the long term. Our measures not only bring big benefits for high streets, motorists and local authorities - they put common sense back into parking.”

Have you been a victim of “over-zealous” traffic wardens? What do you think of the Government’s new laws? Have your say below