Murdo Fraser MSP has introduced a bill to regulate the car parking industry.
An overview of the bill is here;
The consultation document is here;
Several of Mr Fraser's constituents have fallen foul of Smart Parking, a company with a chequered history. Their low standards and deficient machinery have caused huge numbers of motorists to be issued charges when they have not transgressed. Their appalling behaviour may be the tipping point behind this bill, rather like the clamping in Changegate Car Park, Haworth of the car Betty Boothroyd was travelling in may have led to the banning of clamping in England and Wales.
The bill aims to address the issues of excessive charges, the inconsistency of signage, the process for appealing imposed penalties, and the presentation of invoices.
More controversially, to ensure that issues of 'fairness' to operators are also considered,the bill also aims to examine the introduction of keeper liability, which would help operators to identify those who would become liable for charges.
Anyone wishing to reply to the consultation needs to do so before 2 March 2018.
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