Over 100 re­ply to MP’s bid to clean up rogue park­ing firms

Strathearn Herald - - INTIMATIONS -

A con­sul­ta­tion into the reg­u­la­tion of pri­vate park­ing has re­ceived over 100 re­sponses since open­ing to the pub­lic on De­cem­ber 8.

And lo­cal MSPs hope that hun­dreds more will get in touch to give their thoughts on crack­ing down on rogue park­ing com­pa­nies over the next three months.

The pro­posal to reg­u­late the pri­vate park­ing in­dus­try has gained wide­spread sup­port from mo­torists who cur­rently feel un­der siege from com­pa­nies who use threat­en­ing tac­tics to elicit pay­ment.

Murdo Fraser’s Pri­vate Mem­bers Bill aims to clean up the in­dus­try by in­tro­duc­ing five ba­sic con­trols: the in­tro­duc­tion of a fully in­de­pen­dent ap­peals ser­vice in Scot­land; capped fines; clearer sig­nage in car parks; re­moval of mis­lead­ing terms on fines and the in­tro­duc­tion of Keeper Li­a­bil­ity to mir­ror Eng­land and Wales.

Com­ment­ing, Mr Fraser MSP said: “To have over 100 re­sponses al­ready un­der­lines the sig­nif­i­cant pub­lic in­ter­est in see­ing rogue park­ing com­pa­nies reg­u­lated.

“The ma­jor­ity of re­sponses have come from in­di­vid­u­als rather than trade bod­ies or pro­fes­sional or­gan­i­sa­tions and I look for­ward to read­ing the thoughts of both sides of the di­vide.

“How­ever, I would also en­cour­age more mo­torists to come for­ward with their thoughts and opin­ions.

“I have been happy to see var­i­ous on­line park­ing fo­rums dis­cuss the pro­posal and I would en­cour­age them to put this through of­fi­cial chan­nels.

“Park­ers in Perth have been badly hit by un­fair penalty no­tices.

“I hope that 2018 is the year that we fi­nally say good­bye to shoddy park­ing reg­u­la­tions.”

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