HOTELIERS with private parking spaces outside their hotels are now powerless to stop anyone who is not a customer from stopping there.
Changes to the laws surrounding parking on private land mean a driver choosing to leave their car cannot be clamped or towed away.
Claire Smith, president of StayBlackpool, said: “I’m gobsmacked. I haven’t heard anything so ridiculous in my life. It’s appalling.
“People spend more money on their hotels to have parking at the front and this hasn’t been thought through.
“They can’t have considered the towns where parking is an issue.
“If people are going to be allowed to park wherever they like it’s going to cause a lot of problems.”
The move has also left private parking companies frustrated after they were forced to change the way they operate their business.
The Wheel Clamping Company, on Westcliffe Drive, Layton, has spent the last two years making changes to the business ahead of the new laws coming into effect on Monday.
A spokesman for the company said: “We have had two years to get ready for this but it’s still inconvenient.
“It’s not an ideal solution because what we want is an industry to get rid of people who park illegally.”
Patrick Troy, CEO of the British Parking Association said: “The Protection of Freedoms Act ushers in perhaps the most significant shake up of the private parking industry ever seen in this country and there is much that we and the Government can be proud of.
“An independent appeals service which is not binding on all operators is likely to be a recipe for confusion among motorists and a ban on clamping is no substitute for proper regulation of the industry.”