East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight’s Parking (Code of Practice) Bill has received a further boost with figures just released showing that the number of private parking ‘tickets’ given to drivers has risen by almost one million in just 12 months.

Government data now shows in the past year an eye-watering 5.65 million vehicle keeper records were obtained from the DVLA for the purpose of issuing so called ‘tickets’ to motorists on private land.  This figure represents a 20% increase in the past 12 months and is up from fewer than 0.5 million in total a decade ago.

Sir Greg’s Bill will introduce a statutory code of practice for private parking companies which will prevent motorists being unfairly treated.  The Bill successfully cleared its Second Reading in the House of Commons and has received cross-party support, including the backing of the Government. 

Sir Greg said: “Not only am I very concerned by the deplorable practices from some dodgy operators in the industry, I am also alarmed by the number of parking notices issued and by the fact that these keep going up. With a ‘ticket’ now issued every 6 seconds my Bill is more needed than ever to ensure fair play across the board.  This industry must be controlled to see that it operates on a fair and above-board basis’.

Sir Greg’s Bill is expected to be considered by a cross-party committee in the Commons before the summer.