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Drivers face rising parking fines as firms call for maximum fee to be raised to £120

MOTORISTS has prompted greedy parking companies to call for the maximum fine to be increased to £120 – the equivalent of two days’ wages for key workers.

The government is now ready to reduce the current ceiling from £100 to £50.

Greedy parking firms want the Government to increase the maximum fine to £120 - as ministers weigh plans to cut it to £50 instead

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Greedy parking firms want the Government to increase the maximum fine to £120 – as ministers weigh plans to cut it to £50 insteadCredit: Alamy

But heads at the British Parking Association (BPA) have asked for it to be raised instead, with a cap of £120.

And they say some drivers will consider the £50 fine – which is reduced to £25 if paid within 14 days – as a “bargain”.

Meanwhile, the boss of a Parking company says fines must increase – insists it will “protect the NHS”.

Philip Boynes, the director of Parkingeye, told MPs last year that the “deterrence” of a heavy penalty ensures motorists don’t stay too long and block out room for patients in hospitals.

But furious campaigners say that if their proposal gets the green light, a key worker must work 35 hours a week on a minimum wage contract of £8.91 an hour for two days. reciprocate.

Edmund King, president of the AA, said: “How can anyone justify parking over the line or being ten minutes past the deadline to be penalized with a day’s pay or even more?

“It is foolish to assume that the current enforcement fees outside London are not high enough to be a deterrent.

GREAT DEMAND

“No one wants to end up paying a fine, no matter the price.”

However, BPA chief Andrew Pester said ministers must “reconsider”.

“We are calling on the Government to reconsider its proposal on parking fee reduction and engage further with landowners and parking operators to ensure sufficient deterrence, effectiveness and improved compliance with parking rules,” he said.

It was revealed just this week that parking companies have issued a staggering 22,000 tickets per day – 15 tickets per minute – only for the first six months of the financial year.

That means they made £400m in just 26 weeks.

RAC’s director of road policy, Nicholas Lyes, said: “None of the drivers tried to get a parking fee notice, so the idea that a lower fine would mean paying more fines is more of an idea. unfounded.

‘HOW CAN YOU ADJUST?’

“Majority simply want to pass, follow the rules, do their business and leave the parking lot without incident. “

Ministers have pledged to crack down on “cowboy companies”.

They aim to introduce a code of practice for the private parking industry, will include a single appeals service and a system of fees and penalties along with council fines.

It could have a huge impact on some ruthless company responsible for thousands of parking lots at hospitals, shopping malls and train stations.

A Sun investigation last year found Motorists can save thousands of lives simply by appealing against unfair parking fines – about half of all requests are successful.

Eight councils were asked how many appeals were made, and how many fines were dropped after the drivers complained.

DRIVE TIME

In total, they cleared more than half a million pounds in fines over a two-year period, as Freedom of Information claims.

However, it is a different process for private companies.

A driver paid a fine should check if the company is accredited by the British Parking Association or the International Parking Community by checking the member list on their website.

Otherwise, they won’t be able to get your name and address from the DVLA.

Another tip is to write to whoever owns the site where you were penalized – for example, a shopping mall or a hospital – to say that you are a genuine customer.

Many ParkingEye contracts include a “genuine customer waiver,” which means tickets are subject to cancellation.

You should then write to the parking company to complain, including any proof you have that it was misissued.

According to Citizens Advice, notices to vehicle owners must be sent within 14 days after the last day of parking. If it is not delivered to you in time, tell the parking company that you do not have to pay the fee.

Anyone who is not satisfied with the response may appeal to the independent arbitrators.

The moment the traffic manager checks the ticket for an ambulance parked on the yellow double line when the medical staff calls to get a water bottle

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Caroline Bleakley

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