I’m a parking expert – so always have change in the car to avoid a £1,000 fine

A PARKING expert has warned motorists to always carry change to avoid a £1,000 fine.

Motorists often need coins to pay for their parking spot — and when they’re running low, it’s natural to reach out to a fellow passenger and ask for some loose change.

A car expert is now warning motorists against asking for money because it is actually illegal


A car expert is now warning motorists against asking for money because it is actually illegalCredit: Alamy

But a car expert has now warned motorists not to ask for money as it is actually illegal.

Asking for money in a parking lot can result in a hefty fine or even a criminal record.

It could be considered a crime under the Vagrancy Act 1824 which prohibits begging and rough sleeping.

Car expert Graham Conway of van leasing company Select Car Leasing said: “There are a handful left bizarre laws in this country drivers have the potential to end up in hot water.

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“But this has to be one of the strangest. Fortunately, many parking machines now offer the option of paying with an EC or credit card.

“There are also a number of mobile apps that make vehicle reimbursement easy and efficient. But everyone knows at least one parking garage that stands behind the times and where you can only pay with coins.”

The 200-year-old law isn’t the only reason you should have loose change with you. Motorists should be careful not to leave their car on the street if they cannot pay for a parking space.

Changes in the Road Traffic Act in January meant motorists can now face £100 for parking or waiting in certain locations.

Updated Rule 243 prohibits stopping in certain areas, e.g. B. near schools, on curves and where curbs have been lowered to help wheelchair users.

Overall, the number ofpark dangerouslyAccording to a study by Select Car Leasing, criminal offenses have increased in recent years.

MS10 enforcement notices are issued by authorities for “registering a vehicle in a dangerous position‘, which includes blocking a sidewalk or parking in a blind corner.

The DVLA announced that 411 of these notices were issued in 2019, compared to just 57 in 2016.

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Graham said: “Parking is a longstanding bogeyman for many Brits and the situation could be further complicated by a total nationwide ban on sidewalk parking.

“But while it can be frustrating at times when spaces are tight, it’s always worth taking a few extra minutes to make sure you’re parked legally and safely.” I’m a parking expert – so always have change in the car to avoid a £1,000 fine

Fry Electronics Team

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