Parking reform: tackling unfair practices (Discussion paper and call for evidence)

Parking reform: tackling unfair practices (Discussion paper and call for evidence)

In March 2015, the responsibility for policy relating to off-street parking transferred within Government, from the Department for Transport to the Department for Communities and Local Government.

This discussion paper invites individuals, companies, councils and groups to let the Government know what policy areas should be a priority for the Department, and how the Government might take this forward in the new Parliament.

One of the aims of parking, whether on public or private land, should be to support viable communities, including high streets and tourist destinations, and provide people with the facilities they need to go about their daily lives.

Effective parking management is essential for businesses to survive and grow. The management of parking by local authorities is subject to the legislative framework provided by the Traffic Management Act and other legislation. For parking on private land not covered by this legislation, appropriate parking control is vital to ensure that parking facilities remain accessible and provide value for money, both for the landowners providing access to their property, and for the drivers accessing the land.

It is Government’s responsibility to strike the right balance between protecting the right of land owners to control the use of their land and benefit fairly from it, and protecting drivers and shoppers from unscrupulous practices.

The original discussion paper and ACS' response can be viewed via the links below.

In their submission, ACS highlights that parking is an extremely important issue for small shops and that there must therefore be a well-developed long-term parking strategy which successfully engages with residents and businesses. ACS suggests that enforcement is needed to ensure free short-term parking is available outside of convenience stores and on shopping parades, and to make sure that motorists do not stay too long in parking spaces.

ACS' submission: