Your view: Government plans to reduce parking fines



Parking fines in England could be reduced after claims some councils use them to make money.

The government could also order local authorities to bring in five-minute "grace periods" before giving tickets when cars are parked for too long.

It is looking at banning the use of CCTV cameras to enforce on-street parking restrictions.

There are also plans to end varying fixed-penalty charges which currently range between £40 and £130.

Newsbeat asked listeners about their experiences of parking fines and what they thought of the plans.

Ned, 25, Colchester


"I was parking outside the cinema and went to buy some tickets, when I came out fifteen minutes later I had a ticket.

"The warden was there and I tried to argue my case but he wasn't having it.

"I'm up for the idea of reducing the fines but instead of that I think they should address the problem of not having enough places to park."

Dean Carter, 25, London

Dean Carter

Dean says he got a ticket in Richmond.

"I think it was about £30 to £50.

"I was only gone five minutes from the car and when I came back there was a ticket.

"I think there should be warning system, where they take your details first and then you get an extended fine if you get caught a second time.

"Parking fines are extremely harsh compared to penalties for speeding especially if you're not parked anywhere dangerous."

Matt Murphy, 22, Wokingham

Matt Murphy

"The fines are too big and there's never enough places to park and when there is parking it costs too much anyway.

"The fees and penalties are just a way for the councils to make money.

"It's not fair."

Rachel Chapman on Facebook

"Fining people the moment their ticket runs out is ridiculous. Fining people causing a hazard or blockage is a different story.

"Either way, councils are robbing you with parking fees anyway in a lot of cases.

"Their parking fees are killing some town centres. If anything, they could help regenerate the high street by allowing free parking but that's another subject.

Martin Reid on Facebook

Martin disagrees with Rachel.

He said: "Their job (traffic wardens) is to enforce parking restrictions and timings.

"You'd demand money back if your meal turned up late in a restaurant, no-one would accept 'Oh it was just a few minutes late' as a viable excuse for many businesses, so why do people think it's acceptable for them?

"If all high streets/town centres were free, it would be pandemonium and you'd have people sat there all day whilst they visit every shop."

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