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Issue:- 06 March 2015

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Is the Government's "Parking Measures Promise" going to help local shops?

PARKING measures that put common sense back in the driving seat was been given the green light on 6 March 2015, by Local Government and Communities Secretary Eric Pickles and Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin.  Under the new laws to help local shops, 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. And the use of CCTV 'spy cars' has been banned in the majority of circumstances ending the tyranny of automated fines landing on doorsteps and being issued in industrial volumes 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 protecting drivers 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 that 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. Councils were also asked to volunteer to trial a new pilot that allows motorists challenging a parking ticket to benefit from a 25% discount on the fine if they lose the appeal. Currently drivers are only offered a discount on early payment before challenging a ticket.  The parking measures are a victory for drivers and 1 of a number of initiatives introduced by the Government to support high streets and give local shops a fairer deal.

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."

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin said:- "Helping local businesses thrive is a key part of our long term economic plan. These measures will deliver a fairer deal for motorists and help boost the high street by ensuring that parking enforcement is proportionate, while also protecting school children and keeping key routes and bus lanes clear."

For Merseyside the stats supplied to us by the Cabinet Office shows the staggering net profit that the current parking charges have been making for Sefton, that is even higher than Liverpool!

Merseyside Parking 2013 - 2014 Tax Year Statistics.

Local Authority Name Income from On Street Parking Income from Off Street Parking Net Profit on Parking Charges Penalty Charge Notice Income from On Street Parking
Halton UA £0 £0 -£58,000 £0
Knowsley MBC £0 £674,000 £230,000 £0
Liverpool City Council £5,174,000 £2,289,000 £1,092,000 £1,804,000
Sefton MBC £2,019,000 £1,745,000 £1,440,000 £699,000
St Helens MBC £89,000 £1,257,000 £24,000 £10,000
Wirral MBC £782,000 £1,695,000 £1,201,000 £471,000

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Once good point when you look at the national stats, Liverpool was far better than Manchester....

Liverpool - Manchester Parking Stats 2013 - 2014

Local Authority Name Income from On Street Parking Income from Off Street Parking Net Profit on Parking Charges Penalty Charge Notice Income from On Street Parking
Liverpool £5,174,000 £2,289,000 £1,092,000 £1,804,000
Manchester £11,385,000 £3,368,000 £8,020,000 £5,371,000
Stats for report above have been issued by the UK Cabinet Office in March 2015.
   
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