Parking companies face code of practice

New laws have been introduced to regulate privately run car parks following years of accusations that rogue firms were entrapping motorists and levying excessive penalties. Parking companies will be forced to sign up to a code of practice which is expected to provide vehicle owners with more leeway to pay for parking and put a £100 cap on penalties. Companies will have to ensure signs are clear and there will be a ban on threatening letters demanding payment. Andrew Pester, British Parking Association chief executive, welcomed the move, adding: “This framework will enable greater consistency and consumer confidence.”

The Times

Dodgy holiday illness claims fall

The introduction of new laws last summer has resulted in a fall in the number of compensation claims for holiday sickness and whiplash, according to figures from the Ministry of Justice. Claims companies were limited in the amount they could demand in legal costs and were banned from making cold calls to people who had been involved in car crashes.

Daily Mail, Page: 34

Social media firms face block on harmful content

Britain’s information commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, has said social media companies will required to shut down algorithms that promote harmful content to children. The exploitation of children’s data to direct them to “ever more provocative or intensive content” will be blocked with new legal powers, Ms Denham said, to help prevent children like Molly Russell being lured into accessing dangerous content. A new statutory code will include “cease and desist” orders which could shut down a tech giant’s services and “no-notice” inspections. Additionally, tech firms will also be required to enforce age-verification on their sites. Meanwhile, Molly Russell’s father, Ian, will have to raise tens of thousands of pounds or represent Molly’s interests in court himself after his request for legal aid for her inquest was turned down. Molly killed herself in 2017 after viewing suicide material on social media.

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