The first step in improved parking measures for motorists on London's roads came after a visit to Chiswick by high streets minister Brandon Lewis.
One week after Mr Lewis went on a walkabout with local MP Mary Macleod and spoke to a number of independent businesses on Chiswick High Road, the minister announced a new 10 minute grace period, giving drivers more time to get back to their cars.
So people who have paid for parking or are in a 30 minute free zone for example, have an extra 10 minutes to rush back to their car.
It will be implemented when the Dergulation Bill goes through - no date has been set.
Any breach of this by local councils and parking adjudicators would constitute an illegal fine, triggering a full refund.
During the visit, on July 3, the minister announced measures to reign in over-zealous parking enforcement practices, as well as praising Ms Macleod for her work in encouraging Hounslow Council to adopt 30 minutes of free parking.
Ms Macleod said: “I am glad that the Government recognise the huge burden unnecessary and over-zealous parking charges have on local people.
"They also undermine high street shops and their ability to attract ‘stop and shop’ customers.
"I would once again urge Hounslow Council to take free parking to the next level, and adopt 30 minutes of free parking for every parking meter in the Borough – including Chiswick High Road.”
Among the local traders he met and visited included Zecca, Snap Dragon, Macken Brothers, and Mortimer and Bennett, Outsider Tart, Sam’s Brasserie, and Good Wine Shop.