The House of Lords’ Second Reading of the Parking (Code of Practice) Bill is timetabled for 18 January 2019; Committee Stage will follow in February and Report Stage / Third Reading in March 2019. We anticipate Royal Assent by Easter 2019 – provided a general election doesn’t arise in the interim.

The House of Lords Library has published a useful summary on the UK Parliament website as well as a Briefing Note which sets out the Bill, its Clauses and their intentions for Lords’ consideration. It includes a bibliography of the whole journey of the Bill and associated statements, including the BPA’s and those of the RAC Foundation’s for example.

The House of Lords’ Library Briefing Note also demonstrates our strong engagement with Government, Parliamentarians, and key stakeholders. We and our Chief Executive Andrew Pester are quoted at length, with particular reference to our call for a single standard-setting body, a single code of practice and a single independent appeals service. It also makes clear that we are supportive of this Bill and are actively engaged in pushing for a positive outcome for our members.

The document demonstrates much of our hard work as well as areas where we need to redouble our efforts to ensure that Parliamentarians are well informed. In particular, the assertion that 'uncontested' appeals arise from the speculative issuing of unsubstantiated PCN’s which doesn’t reflect that uncontested PCNs often arise, for example, when motorists present additional evidence to POPLA.  

Our other areas of focus will be to address views, opinions and suggestions which have emerged through the debates in the Parliamentary process. For example, the suggestion of linking private PCN rates to the value of local authority penalty charges and the notion of introducing a scenario where motorists could pay their PCN and then appeal to the operator. Both suggestions are of concern as they have the potential to introduce a whole raft of unintended consequences that will not serve operators or motorists well.

The diversity and professionalism of our Association is highly regarded within government and the extent of our lobbying activities is now greater than ever. We continue to welcome member feedback and lobby government to help ensure that both the Bill and code of practice that emerge are fit-for-purpose.

We continue to support members through this legislative process, listening, informing, and pushing for a positive outcome.  As always, we welcome feedback and/ or questions on the Bill which can be emailed to us at consultations@britishparking.co.uk

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