Hospital Car Parking Charges (Abolition) Bill (HC Bill 125)

A

BILL

TO

Prohibit charging for car parking at NHS hospitals for patients, staff and
visitors; and for connected purposes.

Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and
consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present
Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—

1 Duty of the Secretary of State to secure abolition of NHS hospital car parking
charges

(1) It shall be the duty of the Secretary of State to secure that, in England, health
care providers do not levy charges on patients, staff or visitors for the use of car
5parking spaces at NHS hospitals.

(2) For the purposes of this Act, “health care providers” includes NHS Trusts,
NHS Foundation Trusts, and any other NHS body prescribed by regulations
made by the Secretary of State.

(3) The duty in subsection (1) applies to car parking spaces provided directly or
10indirectly, including under contract, by or on behalf of a health care provider
for patients, staff and visitors to whom car parking charges would otherwise
apply.

2 Health care providers to abolish existing NHS hospital car parking charges

(1) Health care providers shall, within three months of this Act being passed,
15make arrangements to cease the charging of patients, staff and visitors for the
use of car parking spaces at NHS hospitals provided directly or indirectly,
including under contract, by or on behalf of a health care provider where car
parking charges would otherwise apply, subject to the exception in subsection
(2).

(2) 20The exception is where—

(a) a health care provider is under contractual obligations with another
person (“P”) who is, under that contract, responsible for the provision
of car parking spaces for patients, staff and visitors, and

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(b) that contract provides for P to charge a person using the car parking
spaces.

(3) Where a contract as referred to in subsection (2) is in place, the health care
provider must make arrangements to cease the charging of patients, staff and
5visitors for the use of car parking spaces upon conclusion of that contract or at
its next review, whichever is the earlier.

3 Prohibition of any future NHS hospital car parking charges

Subject to the exception in section 2(2), health care providers shall ensure that
charges are not levied on patients, staff or visitors for the use of car parking
10spaces at NHS hospitals, whether or not such charges have previously been
levied.

4 Health care providers to maintain parking provision

Nothing in this Act is to be read as requiring health care providers to reduce or
remove provision of car parking spaces at NHS hospitals.

5 15Regulations

(1) Regulations under section 1(2) are to be made by statutory instrument.

(2) A statutory instrument containing regulations under section 1(2) is subject to
annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

6 Duty to report to Parliament

20The Secretary of State shall, no later than 15 months after the day on which this
Act is passed, publish a report on—

(a) the number of NHS hospitals that have made arrangements to cease the
charging of patients, staff and visitors for the use of car parking spaces;
and

(b) 25the number of NHS hospitals that remain under contract to apply
charges for car parking spaces, and when these contracts will end.

7 Interpretation

In this Act—

  • “health care providers” has the meaning given in section 1(2);

  • 30NHS hospital” means a health service hospital (as defined by the
    National Health Service Act 2006) in England;

  • NHS Trusts” has the meaning given in section 25 of the National Health
    Service Act 2006;

  • NHS Foundation Trusts” has the meaning given in section 30 of the
    35National Health Service Act 2006.

8 Extent, commencement and short title

(1) This Act extends to England and Wales.

(2) This Act comes into force on the day on which it is passed.

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(3) This Act may be cited as the Hospital Car Parking Charges (Abolition) Act
2018.