Massive rule change could see dramatic reduction in parking tickets

Motorists could soon breathe a sigh of relief thanks to a new car parking loophole that might save them from hefty fines. The upcoming Code of Practice is set to introduce a slew of fresh driving regulations aimed at enhancing standards and ensuring uniformity for drivers in England.

The forthcoming regulations will include a mandatory 10-minute grace period for drivers, which means those who overshoot their parking tickets by just a few seconds won't be hit with penalties. Will Hurley, CEO of the International Parking Community, said: "The single code will benefit all compliant motorists and will present clear consequences for those who decide to break the rules.

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

Citizens Advice offers guidance on its website, noting: "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'."

"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.

"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 or an Excess Charge Notice 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.