Ministers have said councils should embrace a common sense approach to parking enforcement and aim for a situation where no parking tickets are issued. The guidance, which has been issued to councils by transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin calls for verbal warnings for minor offences and suggests drivers who make it back to their vehicles while wardens are still present should avoid tickets. The government has said parking should not be seen as a profit stream by councils. The government has also launched new regulations that instruct local authorities to give motorists overstaying in parking bays in council run car-parks and on the street an extra ten minutes before ticketing them. The Daily Telegraph says the Conservatives promised to “end the war on motorists” and now local authorities must play their part and follow the new guidance.