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The Regulation of Signage and Ticketing Technology

The Regulation of Signage and Ticketing Technology

That sounds important, doesn’t it? Well, it is. A Labour MP and all round superhero has put his pants on outside his trousers and plans to take on the rip-off rogues in our car parks. He is, like the general public, heartily sick of the tactics of dastardly parking operators and intends to do something about it.

His name is Nick Smith and he has introduced the above mentioned bill into Parliament. He believes that operators are making car park signs and systems and instructions as confusing as possible to mislead folk into making mistakes and getting their cars clamped.

This modern day avenger states that it is an easy matter to simplify these things and make the business of using a car park a straightforward and honest experience. It goes deeper than this. There has been a lot of fuss in the past about the size and clarity of signage and the subject’s been a mainstay of consumer broadcasting. Now though – and this is why Mr Smith is getting involved – this underhand behaviour appears to be rapidly developing into some form of industry-wide standard.

It seems that the landowner can trouser the hourly rate whilst the operator scoops up all the extras charges; so it stands to reason that the unscrupulous are likely to work towards increasing those extra charges to the max. Basically, the more confusing the signs, the more money will be raked in from unsuspecting drivers. Like a lot of things in modern day Britain, it is all a bit sickening. Everybody is fair game for everybody else. The person behind this new daylight robbery might well be your next door neighbour.

This private members bill was given an unopposed first reading but, and this is what usually happens, it will not make it into law because there will not be enough parliamentary time to debate and vote on it. Such is the fate of private members bills. The Commons spends so much time chewing over all the stuff put forward by HM Government – most of which will affect you about as much as the price of hamburgers in Tokyo – that it has no time to deal with easy to establish, sensible legislation which will actually aid the voters. This is how we carry on in this country and is why cheats always prosper. This too is a bit sickening.

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