By Katie Weston For Mailonline
Published: 09:50 GMT, 7 January 2020 | Updated: 11:53 GMT, 7 January 2020
Drivers who key in their number plate incorrectly when buying parking tickets will no longer be charged fines of up to £100, following complaints over private operators giving huge fees to those who make honest mistakes.
The British Parking Association (BPA), who represent private firms, introduced new rules to write off fines when a 'minor error', such as drivers typing in their registration figures incorrectly, has been made when buying a ticket.
The move comes amid accusations that parking firms have aggressively pursued motorists over minor offences.
Drivers who key in their number plate incorrectly when buying parking tickets will no longer be charged fines of up to £100, under new rules (file photo)
The new rule came into effect yesterday, so previous conditions still apply to motorists fined for minor errors prior to January 6.
Drivers will still need to appeal, but will be 'dealt with appropriately' at the first appeal stage.
The companies, which have faced criticism in the past for overzealous practices, run thousands of car parks at hospitals, shopping centres, motorway services and train stations.
These companies bought a record 5.65million sets of vehicle-keeper records from the DVLA in the year to April – a rise of 20 per cent – to enable them to hound drivers for fines of up to £100.
Several more parking operators criticised for their treatment of motorists have previously unveiled healthy returns.