"Rogue" Parking companies will be banned from accessing driver data and issuing fines as part of plans to stop "unscrupulous operators".
Sajid Javid, the communities secretary, said the legislation will provide "fair, clear and consistent" regulation of the parking industry.
It comes as firms issue almost 13 times more tickets than a decade ago.
Drivers' growing disquiet about the rules on parking are underlined by figures showing nearly 10,000 people approached the Citizens Advice Bureau for guidance on parking tickets last year.
There are complaints of inconsistent practices, substandard signage, confusing appeals processes and intimidating payment letters, said the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.