As someone who has pressed for a better deal for motorists, and better access to High Streets, I thought this announcement would be of interest:
“Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles, has announced changes to parking rules which will benefit drivers, high streets and local authorities.
Under Labour parking rules made law-abiding motorists feel like criminals, and caused enormous damage to shops and businesses.
That’s why we are putting common sense back into parking through a range of measures, including giving drivers 10 minutes’ extra time after a parking ticket runs out before they can be hit with a fine. We are also issuing new guidance banning councils from using parking to generate a profit, and introducing new restrictions on the use of CCTV cars issuing automatic fines.
We are ending the war on drivers who simply want to go about their daily business. This work is part of our long-term economic plan that is helping to transform high streets up and down the country so that once again they become vibrant centres of communities which people want to visit and enjoy. ”