Minister backs parking ticket laws despite Hull MP's concerns
EAST YORKSHIRE: Transport minister Norman Baker MP says he believes there is "sufficient and effective" control of parking enforcement.
Mr Baker was asked to respond to concerns raised by Hull North MP Diana Johnson that former clamper Peter Del Grosso is now a director of a company that issues parking tickets motorists in East Yorkshire.
Mr Del Grosso's company, Auto Security Ltd, is a member of the British Parking Association, which gives him access to DVLA records, despite being convicted in 2011 of racially aggravated harassment.
Mr Baker, responding in a letter to Ms Johnson, wrote: "Protection for the motorists has vastly increased under this government. Firstly, we have banned private sector wheel-clamping. Secondly, we have ensured there is an independent appeals process for tickets issued by private companies.
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"I therefore believe there is sufficient and effective control of parking enforcement in the private parking sector.
"Mr Del Grosso is reported to have had a recent criminal conviction, and you have requested a debate on the effectiveness of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2013 in ensuring that such individuals are not able to issue parking tickets.
"However, this was not the intention of the legislation.
"The scope of the Protection of Freedoms Act does not extend to the area of rehabilitation of offender or the fitness of individuals to be company directors."