10 minutes grace for parking tickets
Motorists are going to get 10 minutes' grace after a parking ticket they're issued with runs out, before they can be slapped about with a fine. That is, of course, provided the fines themselves hold up at all and aren't being rebated for being illegal.
The change in the law could come in within a matter of weeks and is going to apply to on-street and off-street council parking spaces in England.
These new rules have been approved under the Deregulation Bill, which will also include the right for residents and businesses to force their local council to review the parking situation in their area. CCTV camera cars that issue automatic fines are also going to become illegal, except in areas near schools or in bus lanes (basically, any area deemed 'sensitive').
Fines for places where parking meters are not working, and there's no alternative way to pay for your parking, will also become a thing of the past, as well as guidance which will try to stop councils from using parking fines as a way of making profit.
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said: "We are ending the war on drivers who simply want to go about their daily business. For too long parking rules have made law-abiding motorists feel like criminals, and caused enormous damage to shops and businesses."
"Over-zealous parking enforcement undermines our town centres and costs councils more in the long term. Our measures not only bring big benefits for high streets, motorists and local authorities - they put common sense back into parking."