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Private Parking Sector Single Code of Practice published

27 Jun 2024

The BPA (British Parking Association) and the IPC (International Parking Community) have published the private parking sector single Code of Practice to be used across the entire private parking sector.  This new single Code will raise standards and deliver greater transparency and consistency for the benefit of motorists. 

The new sector single Code:

  • Introduces an Appeals Charter, creating clear parameters for motorists to appeal against a parking charge
  • Mandates a 10-minute grace period for motorists
  • Provides consistent rules for private parking operators
  • Requires clear signage to help motorists navigate parking on private land.   
  • Ensures the protection of the most vulnerable in society, with no decrease to the deterrent for abuse of Blue Badge bays or those who choose to park selfishly, putting their own convenience above the needs or rights of others.
  • Maintains a cap on the parking charge at £100 reduced to £60 if paid within 14 days.

Private Parking Operators will implement the new single Code by 1 October 2024 with all existing sites needing to be updated by December 2026.

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