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MP calls for parking action

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A Labour MP has launched legislation to prevent car park operators "ripping off" motorists.

Nick Smith said it is "inexcusable" that some car parks have misleading or confusing instructions.

Mr Smith (Blaenau Gwent) said he was worried some operators are benefiting from making car park systems as confusing as possible.

He said his legislation "will get a better deal for motorists and stop them being ripped off at car parks".

He added: "Misleading and confusing signs are inexcusable. It should be simple to get the signs and the pay machines right."

As well as confusing payment systems and signs, Mr Smith said he is "worried about a developing business model" in the industry.

He said: "What can happen is that the land owner receives the hourly charge from the motorist but the car park operator receives the income from the extra charges.

"So for the car park operator the more confusing it is, the better. When it is confusing for the motorist, the car park operator makes more money.

"That can't be right."

His Regulation of Signage and Ticketing Technology (Publicly-available Car Parks) Bill was given an unopposed first reading, but stands little chance of making further progress due to a lack of parliamentary time.

published: 20/09/2012

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