Law to up pressure on motorists

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A NEW law which bans clamping on private land while bolstering the power of parking firms in pursuit of payment comes into effect on October 1.

The Protection of Freedoms Act will allow companies like Excel to pursue the owner of a car if he or she won’t name the driver at the time a ticket was issued.

The legislation comes after the British Parking Association told the Department for Transport that 31 per cent of tickets go unpaid. The BPA also said between two and five per cent of all unpaid tickets ended up in court – 36,000 to 90,000 cases.

One aim of the Act is to reduce the alleged burden on the courts.

Star reader Nev Metson believes this is a ‘preposterous’ figure. He has submitted a Freedom of Information request to the DVLA demanding to see the figures the BPA submitted.

At the same time the industry must establish an independent appeals service which is likely to be run by the BPA.

The law will mean private parking firms threatening legal action on more motorists.