'WILD WEST' parking firms plan to increase fines to £120 and send debt collectors to your doors despite cost-of-living crisis and new reforms.
Some parking companies have started legal action to stop the reduction of fines from £100 to £50.
They are also trying to keep the right to send debt collectors to motorists who haven't paid their fines.
The government has backed down following the independent parking companies' legal arguments which means harsher fines in the future are a real possibility.
AA president Edmund King said: "For too long, private parking enforcement has been allowed to degenerate into a Wild West where cowboy operators have been able to ride into a town and set their own rules and punishments."
These 'bully' companies not only argue against the reduction of fines but they want to INCREASE them.
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Certain parking companies have said the current fine cap should be increased by £20 and claim reducing it to £50 would encourage more drivers to break the rules.
They argued if people were to pay their fine within the two-week time period, it would actually be less expensive than paying for the original parking ticket.
Parking fine reforms were announced in February and now this news will be a crushing blow to expectant motorists, especially amidst the cost-of-living crisis.
Talking about the new reforms, a Government spokesperson said: "We will continue to work with industry and consumer groups to introduce the code as quickly as possible."
However, Whitehall sources have said that government officials have 'conceded' to 'parking firms' in their wish to stop the capping on fines and banning of debt collectors.
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Thankfully some positive features will remain such as a compulsory ten-minute 'grace period'.
The new reform will also include working towards a fairer and more streamlined appeals process for drivers who claim they have made honest mistakes whilst occurring their fines.
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