New laws are set to be put in place in Scotland which should put an end to excessive parking fees handed out by private parking operators. This will be part of the Scottish Government’s forthcoming Transport Bill where charges will be capped to around the £60 level. The changes could also see a new independent regime brought into place to deal with disputes over charges.
This is off the back of some drivers facing charges in excess of £180. Tory MSP Murdo Fraser had published a members’ bill last year which would have proposed a £60 cap, but has dropped it after transport minister Michael Matheson assured that these demands would be met in the new Bill, “Cleaning up the rules, creating uniform conditions, maximum penalties and an independent appeals service has the support of the Scottish Government. The Transport Bill offers the quickest route to seeing these plans become reality. Ultimately what matters most getting the best deal for parkers."
This was a talking point on BBC Radio with John Beattie (Wednesday 17th October 2018) and our own Senior Associate Andrew Upton was on hand again to offer his legal expertise on what the law is in Scotland for Car Parking charges. You can listen to the segment online here.
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