Will the new rules for private parking enforcement companies affect you?

Bosses of several main private parking enforcement companies have expressed their ‘relief’ and ‘delight’ at new rules that have been introduced for Essex – these will allow them to return to their all-powerful heyday that they enjoyed just a few years ago. While they understand how some local motorists may be concerned by this news, their message is that privately managed parking areas will now be a far more pleasant and exciting place to leave a vehicle.

Supermarkets, railway stations, shopping centres and retail parks are just a few of the locations where you can often find private parking enforcement companies in operation, and after the introduction of the EPPE (Essex Private Parking Enforcement) Act of 2015 in Parliament yesterday, private companies will now operate under the following conditions:

  • While clamping will still be illegal, private parking enforcement officers will be entitled to remove one tyre from a vehicle – this will have to be the tyre that is furthest away from the main entrance of the parking area.
  • All motorists will be entitled to a ’30 second grace period’ to allow them to return to their vehicle up to half a minute later than their advertised parking time before getting a penalty.
  • In the event that a parking ticket machine is not working, motorists will be obligated to call the servicing number that must be clearly displayed on the machine. The user will then have to wait next to their vehicle until an engineer arrives before purchasing a ticket.
  • Private parking enforcement companies will now be allowed to paint double yellow lines in areas of their car parks where vehicles must not be parked, and parking officers who notice vehicles parked on them will have the power to paint two lines of yellow paint across the bonnet or roof.
  • Companies will have the authority to rename the currently ambiguous ‘PCN – Parking Charge Notice’ to ‘TAFR – Threat of Absolute Financial Ruin.’
  • In any hospital-based private parking areas, the managing company will also be able to forcibly remove Sat Navs, audio systems, and any other gadgets when a car is parked without displaying a valid ticket in order to cover ‘reasonable costs.’
  • A ticket will now be classed as ‘not properly on display’ if the top of the ticket is not perfectly aligned with the straightest edge of the dashboard.

What do you think of these new rules for private parking companies in Essex? Will they make the whole system fairer and more transparent? Let us know on our Facebook page.