Government proposals for five minute grace period before parking tickets issued 'not enough'

St Albans & Harpenden Review: 'We want to see even more flexible parking options for motorists' 'We want to see even more flexible parking options for motorists'

New government proposals to introduce a five minute grace period before issuing parking tickets are not enough, say experts.

Under the new rethink, parking fines could be slashed following criticism that local authorities and councils are using parking enforcements as a “cash cow”.

However, Jonathan Flatman, co-founder and director of parking management company Park with Ease, is urging The Government to consider using more flexible parking systems.

Park with Ease, wants a fairer parking system so motorists don’t feel rushed when going about their leisure or work activities.

Flatman said: “Parking is one of the most inflexible parts of being a motorist and we want to see that change.

“It’s encouraging that The Government is now recognising this issue but we want to see even more flexible parking options for motorists.

“The UK needs to be flexible and fair with its parking, not simply punish people who have spent money in local shops and contributed to the economy.”

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8:08am Mon 13 Jan 14

Cuetip says...

Certainly a more flexible common sense parking approach is needed to help Queens Rd, Market St, St Albans Rd, etc but other pressures need to addressed.

The levering up of land values due to population growth is raising rental returns from housing which many small businesses faced with other rising costs eg insurance, security measures, stock prices, etc puts them at a competitive disadvantage. Throw the hyper markets with 'free parking', parking charges and internet buying in the mix and the squeeze probably explains the empty shop fronts.

Hence the justification by landlords to convert shops into housing 'units' with of course some socially acceptable rationale of bringing people back and creating more vibrancy.

Housing a growing population is certainly a playing an increasing role rewriting the economics of our local high street.

As an aside, I recently went to St Charles Hospital in Ladbroke Grove and was really surprised that they have free visitor parking on weekends and the place had a real vibrancy as the patients really enjoyed the free flow of friends and relatives throughout the day. Some stayed half an hour whilst others were able to pop out and get something for patients.
Certainly a more flexible common sense parking approach is needed to help Queens Rd, Market St, St Albans Rd, etc but other pressures need to addressed. The levering up of land values due to population growth is raising rental returns from housing which many small businesses faced with other rising costs eg insurance, security measures, stock prices, etc puts them at a competitive disadvantage. Throw the hyper markets with 'free parking', parking charges and internet buying in the mix and the squeeze probably explains the empty shop fronts. Hence the justification by landlords to convert shops into housing 'units' with of course some socially acceptable rationale of bringing people back and creating more vibrancy. Housing a growing population is certainly a playing an increasing role rewriting the economics of our local high street. As an aside, I recently went to St Charles Hospital in Ladbroke Grove and was really surprised that they have free visitor parking on weekends and the place had a real vibrancy as the patients really enjoyed the free flow of friends and relatives throughout the day. Some stayed half an hour whilst others were able to pop out and get something for patients. Cuetip

12:28pm Mon 13 Jan 14

TRT says...

"“It’s encouraging that The Government is now recognising this issue but we want to see even more flexible parking options for motorists."

'Access. Your flexible friend.' Or Mastercard as it is now known.
"“It’s encouraging that The Government is now recognising this issue but we want to see even more flexible parking options for motorists." 'Access. Your flexible friend.' Or Mastercard as it is now known. TRT

12:39pm Mon 13 Jan 14

not a regular says...

Forgive me if I'm wrong but there's already a grace period. It's the time you buy the ticket to the time the ticket expires.

Having said that I would be in favour of abolishment of all extortionate parking charges and just have 'stop and shop' 60 minutes free with an option to pay for a few hours more. What the parking 'cash cow' loses out on is noticed elsewhere, e.g. people visiting shops and cafes.

But, as with all political arguments there are two sides to every story and parking charges play their part in encouraging the use of walking, cycling and public transport which in turn eases pollution and congestion. Of course, cheaper public transport rather than more expensive parking is the real solution.
Forgive me if I'm wrong but there's already a grace period. It's the time you buy the ticket to the time the ticket expires. Having said that I would be in favour of abolishment of all extortionate parking charges and just have 'stop and shop' 60 minutes free with an option to pay for a few hours more. What the parking 'cash cow' loses out on is noticed elsewhere, e.g. people visiting shops and cafes. But, as with all political arguments there are two sides to every story and parking charges play their part in encouraging the use of walking, cycling and public transport which in turn eases pollution and congestion. Of course, cheaper public transport rather than more expensive parking is the real solution. not a regular

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