Nigel has today written to Harry Greenslade, the Lead Adjudicator at POPLA, the independent resolution body for parking on private lands, outlining his concerns over the behaviour of car park operators in the Ribble Valley.
In his letter Mr Evans said,
‘I have been contacted by a large number of my constituents with reference to this particular car park and I am firmly of the belief that the lack of flexibility of the operator is doing real damage to businesses in the area.
Not only are people not afforded the new ten minute grace period available in local authority run car parks, they are also being hit by outrageously large fines for very minor infringements on a car park used by many elderly residents to visit the local GP service and health centre.’
Speaking from Westminster today Mr Evans said,
“I recently led a debate in Parliament on car parking on private land and it is an issue I intend to campaign on during this Parliament until a more sensible system of regulation is reached. The public cannot be held to ransom by cowboy car par operators whose only aim is to clobber the motorist with exorbitant fines for the smallest infringement and I hope that POPLA will take serious action on this issue.”