New 10 Minute Leeway Rule Will Helpful UK Drivers
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  • UK Government Announces 10 Minute Leeway Rule
  • 09 March 2015
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    UK Government Announces 10 Minute Leeway Rule

    Howards Motor Group are delighted that it has recently been announced by the Government that all car owners across the UK will get an extra 10 minutes before being fined if they outstay their welcome in a council owned car parking space.

Parking and speeding charges are often catching drivers out and it can leave you feeling irritated for making a silly mistake. This new 10 minute leeway rule will give drivers in the UK a bit more peace of mind, so if you park your car and your ticket is soon to run out, you don’t have to panic and rush back to your car in a hurry. It’s due to be implemented at the end of March, so until then we still recommend you follow the current rules.

Since the announcement, the council has already defended themselves and insisted that they already allow the driving public a 5 minute grace period after parking tickets run out before issuing a fine, even though many victims of parking fines would probably disagree. Last year, figures which were collected from the RAC Foundation show that the council made a combined surplus £667 million in 2013-2014 from their on and off-street parking operations. The only bonus from this astronomical figure is that any of the surplus money the council makes must be placed into transport operations such as road improvements - which is at the top of the priority list.

The purpose for this new 10 minute leeway rule is to help ‘ease tensions’ according to Director and Professor of Transport Stephen Glaister, who also said;

"For such a minor part of our lives parking generates a huge amount of frustration and anger. Allowing a grace period will help ease tensions and make everyone's lives easier”.

We hope the new rule makes parking a more friendly, stress free process.

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