Labour MP Julie Cooper, who introduced the bill, says the charges are an “unfair burden” on carers. She says she has cross-party support, but the government has not yet said whether it will back it.
The exemption would apply to NHS hospitals, walk-in centres, GP practices and private hospitals.
Presently individual hospitals can exempt car-parking charges at their discretion, however this discretion is not being used – hence the need for the Bill to create a duty.
George McNamara, Head of Policy at Alzheimer’s Society, said: “Unpaid dementia carers prop up our health and social care system. This silent army of husbands, wives, sons and daughters spend 1.3 billion hours a year providing care – saving the state an estimated £11.6 billon. It’s totally unacceptable that they should have to worry about footing excessive hospital car parking charges on top of this. We fully support this bill to exempt carers from these charges.”