Parking has become a political football

logoMy article for Parking Review magazine (26 September 2013) about recent rhetoric heard from the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government about councils’ parking policies. I argue that criticism of councils is an attempt to divert attention from wider issues concerning the economy and public finances.


The government is suggesting that councils have implemented inappropriate parking charges that undermined the vitality of high streets, flying in the face of the available evidence. While some motorists might be annoyed at the Department for Transport’s recent introduction of on-the-spot fines for tailgating and middle-lane hogging, thanks to sympathetic press coverage, at least they know that the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) is on their side.

Read the full article on the Parking Review website (subscribers only)

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