Mid-Scotland and Fife MSP, Murdo Fraser, has hit out at the current private parking code of conduct following alleged footage showing a leading operator talk about the need to ramp up revenue from fines.
It had previously been assumed that private parking firms were installing difficult to understand machines as a way of ramping up profit, but this investigation would appear to confirm these accusations.
Murdo Fraser is currently drafting a consultation for a Members Bill in the Scottish Parliament aimed at curbing the practices of rogue private parking firms through binding regulations and legislation.
The Scottish Government has been working with two parking trade bodies to draw up a unified code of conduct but progress on that appears to be slow-moving.
Commenting Murdo Fraser MSP said:
“The information uncovered by this investigation has laid bare the tactics of the car parking bullies to their fullest extent. Ramping up revenue through fines is clearly the priority of Smart Parking rather than providing reliable and convenient parking service.
“The current code of conduct is clearly not fit for purpose, or up to scratch, and it is high time that something more stringent is put in place.
“The Government has been working alongside the industry for a while and nothing concrete has emerged. It is high time that we had legislation to curb the practices of these cowboys and I look forward to progressing my members bill in parliament aimed at greater regulation.”