Kate has expressed her concern in parliament about the lack of regulation around private parking operators who are charging local people unfair and extortionate fines.
Residents have been in touch with Kate about unfair fines they received from private company ES Parking Enforcement, operating on the old Iceland car park on Seymour Grove, Old Trafford.
When unpaid these fines have escalated into court proceedings and bailiff involvement.
Kate wrote to ES Parking Enforcement on behalf of residents but has not received any substantive response in writing from the company.
Legislation which would enforce a parking code of practice and require parking operators to meet proper standards, or risk penalties if they don’t, is passing through parliament and is now in the House of Lords.
In parliament this week, Kate asked the government what laws could be put in place to protect people from being ripped off by private parking operators.
The Minister told Kate that the government would welcome suggestions of what would need to be covered in a new parking code of practice.
Kate is therefore asking local residents to share their experiences and views about what a new law would need to cover.
Kate said, “I’m really concerned about the number of residents who’ve been getting in touch with me because they’ve received unfair fines from private parking operators.
“While the bill now passing through parliament introducing new regulations won’t have retrospective effect, I hope it passes swiftly into law to protect local motorists in the future.
“I’m keen to hear from residents about what they’d like to see in any new law regulating the private parking sector. Please contact me with any suggestions on firstname.lastname@example.org.”