Private land parking tickets soar to hit record high

The variety of parking tickets issued by automotive park administration companies hit a document 5.65m final yr, knowledge suggests.

The RAC Basis says the quantity was rose by nearly a fifth in a yr and have been far above ranges of a decade in the past.

However RAC director Steve Gooding stated the entire could possibly be even increased as “some companies will merely slap a requirement onto a windscreen”.

The federal government is backing a invoice to introduce a brand new code of apply for the non-public parking trade.

The motoring analysis group stated the variety of tickets issued within the 2017-18 monetary yr rose from four.71m – a rise of practically 20%. A decade in the past 499,000 tickets have been issued.

Drivers face costs of as a lot as £100 for contraventions equivalent to overstaying, stated the RAC.

Mr Gooding stated: “Every year we publish this evaluation and every year we aren’t solely astonished by the numbers concerned, but in addition by the truth that these numbers preserve rocketing up.

“Pursuing so many individuals should be a serious administrative job for the businesses concerned, however the questions the numbers actually beg are what is going on fallacious? Are Britain’s motorists actually flouting the principles on such an industrial scale?”

The RAC has based mostly its figures on the variety of vehicle-owner data bought by automotive parking administration firms from the DVLA within the final monetary yr.

These companies are solely allowed to buy automotive possession data from the DVLA for the aim of issuing penalties, stated the RAC.

New laws

In line with the info, ParkingEye Ltd, which is a parking lot administration firm owned by the outsourcing group Capita, was the most important purchaser of automotive possession data from the DVLA final yr.

It bought 1.76m data in comparison with 1.53m within the earlier monetary yr.

It’s adopted by Euro Automotive Park, which manages non-public parking areas throughout the UK, Eire and Europe, which purchased entry to 406,323 data in comparison with 306,857 within the earlier interval.

The RAC stated that numbers have elevated since clamping automobiles on non-public land was banned in 2012 below the Safety of Freedoms Act.

The act allowed non-public parking firms to pursue to registered proprietor of the automobile relatively than having to show who the motive force was on the time of the offence.

The federal government is supporting a invoice by Conservative MP Sir Greg Knight to introduce laws to manage the non-public parking trade.

Failing to adjust to these guidelines may imply that firms could be blocked from accessing driver knowledge from the DVLA and issuing fines which, the Ministry of Housing and Native Communities stated would successfully pressure them out of the trade.

A spokesperson for ParkingEye stated: “ParkingEye continues to be a member of the British Parking Affiliation and follows its strict code of apply in all of the automotive parks we handle on behalf of our purchasers.

“We welcome any extra authorities laws that goals to drive consistency and enhance processes throughout the complete non-public parking sector.”

Printed at Thu, 26 Apr 2018 23:41:18 +0000