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Has your parking ticket expired?

18th May 2015

Parking and the fines which are imposed when you overstay your welcome, were granted a bit of relief in April with the introduction of the 10 minute grace period at the end of the allotted time, for cars parked on a road.

This applies to public parking only and does not apply to private parking schemes on private land operated by individuals or parking companies. So check the terms and conditions when you park and claim your free ten minutes!

This grace period applies to cars parked is in a designated parking bay. A parking bay is an area of the highway in which vehicles are permitted to wait. The parking place will be marked out on the road but the length and width may vary. Drivers must ensure that vehicles are parked so that all wheels are within the limits of the parking place. It is important to note that the grace period only applies to “designated parking places” and not yellow lines, keep clears or zig-zags.

The Deregulation Act 2015 requires that a “grace period” of 10 minutes be applied to paid for time and free parking bays from 1st April 2015. The grace period is only applicable where the requirements of the bay have been satisfied first i.e. a parking ticket has been purchased for the time you intend to stay. It does not mean that there are 10 minutes free at the time of parking; the grace period only applies at the end of that time.

The Deregulation Act also banned the use of CCTV for parking enforcement except for specified circumstances such as near schools or restricted parking areas. Local authorities are prevented from issuing parking tickets in the post based solely on evidence from CCTV cameras. Traffic wardens must now either fix the ticket to the vehicle or hand it the person who appears to be in charge of the vehicle.