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Parking: Fines

Volume 479: debated on Monday 1 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if she will establish a mechanism whereby members of the public can request independent investigation of car park operating companies in respect of (a) alleged breaches of the relevant code of practice and (b) appeals against the issuing of parking fines. (218336)

The Secretary of State has no power to establish such a mechanism relating to the use of private land for parking.

The independent British Parking Association publishes the voluntary code of practice for car park operating companies. Details are on the Association’s website at:

www.britishparking.co.uk

I am aware that the Home Office and the Security Industry Authority are currently considering the regulation of companies involved in vehicle immobilisation on private land.