Last September I wrote on the forum about a surprise joint press statement that had been released on behalf of DCLG and the DfT which featured in the Daily Telegraph and Daily Mail and this announced a series of proposal for consulatation to reform parking rules in order to support local shops and to help with the 'cost of living'
With regards to bailiffs, the press release announced that further reforms would include:
Stopping CCTV being used for one street parking enforcement
Updating parking enforcement guidance to support local shops
Tackling wrongly issued fines
Stopping unacceptable parking fine collection practices
The parking and enforcement industry are in a state of shock today after the government sprung an amendment into the Deregulation Bill.
The explanatory statement states as follows:
"This new clause deals with the enforcement of parking contraventions in England under Part 6 of the Traffic Management Act 2004. It provides that, subject to certain exceptions, regulations under section 78 must provide for notification of a penalty charge to be given by a notice affixed to the vehicle(which means that a civil enforcement officer must be present to affix the notice).
It also confers a power which would enable regulations to be made to restrict the use of CCTV and other devices in parking enforcement"