The Parking (Code of Practice) Bill successfully passed its Third Reading in House of Lords without amendment. This means that the bill has safely passed through both Houses, and now only awaits Royal Assent before it passes into law.

The bill is a direct result of our continued and strong lobbying for change to introduce better regulation for the private parking sector. We continue to push for a positive outcome for our members and, as we move towards the creation of a single code backed by the law, we remain focused on working closely with members, government, parliamentarians, and all of our key stakeholders to help ensure a positive outcome.

We have continued our engagement with politicians across both Houses of Parliament as well as with officials in the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, to address any issues they had raised and to underline our ongoing general support for the bill. These one-to-one engagements also allow us to educate and encourage a better understanding of why parking is managed and dispel any concerns they might have arising from media stories or their own misconceptions.

At our recent AOS Conference for members managing parking on private land, we were pleased that the Bill Manager, Sarah Mclean from MHCLG was able to speak about the expected next stages. You may recall that the Minister set up an Advisory Panel to support him during the early stages of the Bill and this identified the key areas that a future Code would need to address. When the bill becomes law, the real work begins to develop a single code of practice. This most likely will start with a Consultation phase and key stakeholders, including parking operators, landowners and we, will be involved in drafting the Code which is then subject to public consultation, and final approval by Government.

We are aware of some of your concerns over specific issues raised during the passage of the bill, such as a cap on charges, the notion of pay-and-appeal, and any potential impact these may have. If you have any other points of principle that concern you, do let us know by emailing as soon as you can. We will provide further clarity on our position, provide ongoing support for our members and we shall be encouraging you to respond to the public consultation as well.