Murdo welcomes Westminster assault on rogue parking companies

Murdo with Sir Greg Knight MP

Mid-Scotland and Fife, Murdo Fraser, has welcomed the publication of a proposed bill at Westminster seeking to clamp down on rogue parking companies. A private members bill from Conservative MP, Sir Greg Knight, has been lodged and contains provisions which will stop dodgy companies from accessing DVLA records.

Scottish Conservative MSP, Murdo Fraser, has welcomed the proposals and hopes that a unified code of conduct can be expanded to cover Scottish firms. Murdo has also submitted his own proposals for public consultation which include plans to cap fines, improve signage regulations and provide a fully independent appeals service.

Private parking in England and Wales is regulated separately and has faced criticism for failing to properly punish companies that breach rules. Removing DVLA access is widely acknowledged as an adequate punishment for offending firms.

Commenting Murdo Fraser MSP said;

“There are clear deficiencies in the way that private parking companies are regulated and this bill will go some way to redressing the balance.

“In Scotland, companies are regulated differently and it remains to be seen how this bill will affect Scottish parkers.

“However, what is clear is that the net is closing in on those who try to exploit parkers with borderline illegal practices.

“Ultimately, we need more scrutiny and my own proposal includes measures to cap fines, clear up signage and create an independent appeals process, and I would encourage motorists to add their feedback to the public consultation.”

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