As the British Standards Institute have been instructed to write a new code of practice for private car park operators, firms could be required to give drivers a 10 minute grace period after their tickets expire. Any companies that fail to comply with the regulations will no longer be able to retrieve vehicle keeper details from the DVLA. 
 
A 10 minute grace period was introduced for all council car parks in England in 2015 but remains voluntary for private parking firms. Under new legislation, all private car parks in England, Scotland and Wales will have to give motorists an extra 10 minutes before issuing a late fine. 
 
Other measures in the new code of practice include reducing intimidating debt collection practices often seen by private parking companies and the provision of an independent appeals service, which will give motorists further support to challenge unnecessary parking tickets. 
 
The Parking (Code of Practice) Act became law in March 2019 and builds on action the government has already taken to reduce rogue private parking firms’ actions, including banning wheel clamping and towing. 
 
 
 
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