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Parking charges driving motorists to distraction, say RAC

Motorists are feeling the squeeze on parking charges, with as many as four out of five reporting increased prices for spaces in towns and cities, the RAC has found.

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'Unfair' parking fines 'undermine local high streets'

High parking charges and "unfair" fines drive away motorists and "undermine local high streets", a government minister has said.

Communities minister Penny Mordaunt criticised local councils for raising parking prices and urged councils to do more to support their high streets:

Excessive parking charges and unfair parking fines push up the cost of living and undermine local high streets and shopping parades.

That's why we're stopping the industrial issuing of fines by parking spy cars, introducing 10-minute grace periods at the end of on-street paid for and free parking, and why we've scrapped the last administration's rules which told councils to hike up parking charges and adopt aggressive parking enforcement.

But we want councils to do more and rein over-zealous parking enforcement, so it focuses on supporting high streets and motorists, not raising money.

– Penny Mordaunt

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