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Tradespeople issued 3.5 million parking fines in 2023

Posted: Wednesday, April 17th, 2024

It has come to light that 3.5 million parking fines were dished out to tradespeople alone last year, costing more than £177 million, This is Oxfordshire reported.

Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs), or parking fines, can be anywhere between £50 - £70 each outside London and up to £160 in the capital but are normally halved if paid within 14 days.

Alison Traboulsi, product manager at Direct Line who conducted the research, said: “Parking is a regular battle for many tradespeople.

“Some will say it’s part and parcel of the trade but with an estimated 3.5 million fines issued in the past year, these parking battles are costing tradespeople across the country millions of pounds.”

However, a little-known loophole will allow drivers to avoid the hit to their bank accounts.

A grace period of ten minutes exists, allowing drivers extra time to get back to their vehicles once their parking ticket expires.

The Government introduced leniency to the rules in April 2015 and has allowed drivers to avoid fines in regulated street spaces or council car parks if they overstay by up to ten minutes.

The Government ruled that “enforcement should be sensitive, fair and proportionate”.

This rule, however, only applies in England, and will only apply to those who park in regulated on-street parking or car parks run by the local authority.

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