Parkinson's UK is looking to make a response to a consultation issued by the Department for Communities and Local Government in England, on tackling unfair parking practices.
The document asks a series of questions about parking on private land, or land owned by public authorities, such as NHS hospital parking, and we'd really welcome your views to help shape our response.
In particular, we'd like to know -
- Do you think there are problems with how parking on private or public land is regulated, or the behaviour of private parking companies? (For example, private companies setting high parking fees, failing to treat you fairly when you incur a penalty, provide information, or not considering appeals fairly or the aggressive use of bailiffs).
- If so, what what steps do you think the Government should take to rectify these problems?
- What steps do you think the Government should take to help (people with Parkinson's) support local shops and high streets, for example by encouraging the provision of free and competitively priced parking spaces?
The consultation also asks about the trend for private carparks which cannot be paid for with cash, but by phone and card only. We are keen to understand how this has impacted people with Parkinson's too.
- Should there be an obligation for local authorities to offer the ability to pay for parking by cash within a reasonable distance of where they have parking (for example via ticket machines or via local shops)?
Any thoughts would be really useful!