10-minute private parking grace period

AA remains sceptical

if British Parking Association members can’t follow the current code of practice, what chance is there of them conforming with the 10-minute grace period

if British Parking Association members can’t follow the current code of practice, what chance is there of them conforming with the 10-minute grace period

A 10-minute grace period before a private parking enforcer slaps a ticket on your car has been greeted with scepticism by the AA.

This follows the case of a Hull woman ticketed and facing a £150 ‘fine’ for doing a U-turn at Doncaster’s Robin Hood Airport, which contravened parking restrictions for literally seconds – even by the parking firm’s admission.

The AA argues that if British Parking Association members can’t follow the current code of practice, what chance is there of them conforming with the 10-minute grace period announced today?

it is outrageous to ticket a lost driver for stopping for 33 seconds which wouldn’t even be enough time to get the money from a cash machine

Edmund King, AA president

Code needs rigorous enforcement

Edmund King, AA president, said: “ Whilst welcoming a ten minute grace period in private car parks we must stress that the BPA needs to rigorously enforce its own code.

“Today we have heard about the case of a lady doing a U Turn on a private road and being ticketed by a BPA member Vehicle Control Services who said her car was stationary “for a minimum of 33 seconds.” This is despite the fact that the current code says ‘Drivers should be allowed a sufficient amount of time in order to park and read any signs in order that they may make an informed decision as to whether or not to remain on the site before any enforcement action is taken by you or your agents’.

Outrageous

“We think it is outrageous to ticket a lost driver for stopping for 33 seconds which wouldn’t even be enough time to get the money from a cash machine, although it doesn’t seem to have stopped a ticket being generated.

"It is somewhat pointless adding new  provisions to the code if members are still getting away with breaches of the old code. The 33-second ticket should be dropped immediately if the parking companies are to prove they want to clean up their act.”


(1 October 2015)