Minister for Local Government Brandon Lewis said:
This government has scrapped Whitehall rules that previously told councils to hike up parking charges, adopt draconian enforcement and impose arbitrary limits on off-street parking spaces. Councils now need to play their part in reining back in the over-zealous culture of municipal parking enforcement. They should adopt a common sense approach.
Ministers are considering what further steps can be taken to ensure that town hall parking policies and practices support local high streets.
Daily Hansard written answers for 1 July 2013.