New car parking rules in England will see drivers given 'grace period' to prevent unfair fines

A new Code of Practice will bring in a range of new driving rules promising to raise standards and improve consistency for motorists across the country
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Drivers could avoid costly fines within months thanks to a new car parking loophole. The upcoming Code of Practice introduces several driving regulations set to enhance consistency and uphold standards for motorists across the nation amidst the ongoing motorists' feud.

The revised Code of Practice enforces a 10-minute grace duration for drivers, ensuring those missing their tickets by a narrow margin are not hit with penalties. IPC's CEO, Will Hurley, commented: "The single code will benefit all compliant motorists and will present clear consequences for those who decide to break the rules."

He added: "The sector has listened to the motoring community and today we are acting."

Meanwhile, Citizens Advice mentions on its website: "It's worth appealing if you were only 5 or 10 minutes late. You should be given a few minutes after your parking runs out called a 'grace period'."

They continue stating: "ATA members must give you an extra 10 minutes before giving you a Parking Charge Notice as should the council before giving you a Penalty Charge Notice. You should also be given a reasonable amount of time to leave a car park if you decide not to park.", reports Birmingham Live.

If drivers are timed from the moment they enter the car park instead of when they park, it could make filing an appeal more complicated. However, Citizens Advice advises: "A parking company might disagree with your appeal if they time your stay from the moment you entered the car park, rather than from when you parked. It's still worth appealing because it's free to informally appeal – and you have to do this before you can appeal to an independent tribunal or trade association."

A Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) or an Excess Charge Notice (ECN) is typically handed out by the council on public land, like a high street or council car park. Meanwhile, a Parking Charge Notice is given by a landowner or parking company on private land, such as a supermarket car park.

On red routes, white zig zags or where the police manage parking, a Fixed Penalty Notice is issued by the police.