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Parking: FAQs for 2020

Published Wednesday, January 15, 2020

This paper has been written specifically for Members of Parliament and their staff, though others may find it of general interest.

It is a compilation of regularly asked questions about parking issues. There is no intended link between articles other than that the topics are often the subject of requests by Members, usually on behalf of their constituents.

Please note that as parking policy is devolved across the UK this paper largely discusses England only. In Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland policy is the responsibility of the devolved administrations and scrutiny the responsibility of the respective parliaments and assemblies.

The paper covers the following issues:

  • Who is responsible for parking policy;
  • Whether DVLA can sell drivers' information to parking companies;
  • What to do if a council or parking company has secured a court order to enforce payment (i.e. the bailiffs are coming);
  • How to get rid of a nuisance or abandoned vehicle;
  • Whether wheel clamping is legal;
  • Local council-controlled parking, including powers, caps on charges, what they can spend income on, 10-minute grace periods, pavement marking, parking across driveways and how to appeal a ticket;
  • Parking on private land, including current arrangements, the new statutory Code of Practice, caps on charges and how to appeal a ticket;
  • Parking on private or ‘unadopted’ roads; and
  • Parking for people who have a disability, including the Blue Badge scheme, using a Blue Badge after Brexit, how to get a disabled parking space and what size disabled spaces should be.

Further details on these issues and more can be found in a suite of Commons Library briefing papers, available on our website.

Commons Briefing papers CBP-8736

Authors: Marguerite Page; Nerys Davies; Louise Butcher

Topic: Roads

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