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Government orders 10-minute grace for council-run car parks

Company car and van drivers will get 10 minutes’ grace before being fined if they stay too long in council run car parks in England.

The 10-minute rule is just one of a range of changes announced by the Government, which are expected to take effect later this month.

The new restrictions also include a crackdown on the use of CCTV cars issuing automatic fines.

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.”

The changes also include:

  • Guidance for councils reminding them they are banned from using parking to generate profit.
  • A right for residents and businesses to demand – by a petition – that a council reviews parking in their area.
  • New powers for parking adjudicators so they can hold councils to account.
  • Protection to stop drivers being fined after parking at out-of-order meters.

Almost two thirds of fleets have reported an increase in the number of parking tickets their drivers have received, according to a Fleet News poll.

Just one in six (15%) said they had seen the fines they incur fall, while one in five (20%) reported no change.

The results reflect research conducted by Lex Autolease, which showed parking fines increased by almost a quarter (23%) to 58,089 last year.

New scheme to help employers avoid £20k fine for employing illegal worker

Licence Bureau has launched a right-to-work validation service to safeguard the risk of employers being faced with a £20,000 fine for employing an illegal migrant worker.

It will be available online through its compliance managed services web tool and is particularly relevant to UK companies who work in sectors where migrant workers drive company vehicles, particularly commercial vehicles, as part of their daily work.

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