You are here: Home - Household Bills - News -

Drivers hit with record 5.6 million parking tickets last year

0
Written by: Paloma Kubiak
27/04/2018
Private car park management firms could be raking in as much as £565m a year as it’s revealed the number of tickets issued to drivers surged to 5.65 million in the 2017/18 tax year.

In fact, the number has rocketed by a million in just a year, up from 4.71 million in 2016/17, according to the RAC Foundation’s analysis of DVLA data.

It found that 5.65 million sets of vehicle keeper records were released to car parking management companies, used to pursue drivers deemed to have infringed regulations in private car parks.

The numbers have grown over the past decade, from 272,000 in 2006/07 to the new record in the last financial tax year:

  • 2017/18 – 5.65 million
  • 2016/17 – 4.71 million
  • 2015/16 – 3.67 million
  • 2014/15 – 3.06 million
  • 2013/14 – 2.43 million
  • 2012/13 – 1.89 million
  • 2011/12 – 1.57 million
  • 2010/11 – 1.17 million
  • 2009/10 – 1.03 million
  • 2008/09 – 687,000
  • 2007/08 – 499,000
  • 2006/07 – 272,000
  • TOTAL – 26.64 million

The RAC said penalty tickets can cost as much as £100 which suggests the private parking firms could be demanding more than half a billion pounds (£565m) from drivers.

It estimates penalty notices are issued every six seconds, the equivalent of 11 per minute, 645 per hour and 15,486 per day.

In 2017/18, a total of 119 parking companies received data from the DVLA, ten more than in the previous financial year.

The top five purchasers of data in 2017/18 were:

  1. ParkingEye Ltd – 1,768,233 records (1,530,259 in 2016/17)
  2. Euro Car Parks – 406,323 records (306,857)
  3. Smart Parking Ltd – 390,860 records (329,157)
  4. Athena ANPR Ltd – 318,486 records (246,743)
  5. Ranger Services Ltd for Highview Parking Ltd – 274,591 records (271,917).

Contraventions on private land

Drivers should note that private parking tickets aren’t fines; they’re invoices. This means they don’t carry the same legal enforcement powers as council or police charges, though firms may try to pressure you by suggesting they can fine you. They can’t send bailiffs in, but they can increase their charges and register a debt against you.

Clamping on private land was banned (in all but exceptional circumstances) in 2012 by the Protection of Freedoms Act. The Act also allowed for private parking companies to pursue the registered keepers of vehicles rather than having to prove who the driver was at the time of the ‘offence’.

Private parking firms wanting to access the vehicle keeper data held by the DVLA need to be members of an Accredited Trade Association (ATA) and abide by its code of practice. There are currently two ATAs: the British Parking Association and the International Parking Community. Both have an independent appeals service. See YourMoney.com’s How to fight private parking charges for more information.

Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, said: “The true volume of tickets being issued might actually be significantly higher still as some firms will simply slap a demand onto a windscreen for the driver to find when they return to their vehicle.

“Pursuing so many people must be a major administrative task for the companies involved, but the questions the numbers really beg are: what’s going wrong? Are Britain’s motorists really flouting the rules on such an industrial scale?

“We strongly support Sir Greg Knight in his initiative to get some regulation in place through a private member’s bill that will establish much-needed independent scrutiny of what’s going on in the private parking world. Only then can we be reassured that the cards aren’t stacked against the motorist.”

There are 0 Comment(s)

If you wish to comment without signing in, click your cursor in the top box and tick the 'Sign in as a guest' box at the bottom.

Are you a first-time buyer looking for a mortgage?

Look no further, get the help you need by searching for your perfect mortgage

A guide to switching energy provider

All you need to know about switching from one energy supplier to another.

Which ISA is right for you? A round up of the six products available in 2017

From cash to innovative finance to lifetime, here's our guide to the ISA products available to savers this yea...

Guide to buy-to-let tax changes

In late 2015, former Chancellor George Osborne announced a range of  tax measures aimed at landlords, which t...

What will happen if rates change

How your finances will be impacted by a rise in interest rates.

Regular Savings Calculator

Small regular contributions can build up nicely over time.

Online Savings Calculator

Work out how your online savings can build over time.

Five fund tips for a 0.25% interest rate environment

With interest rates stuck at a record low 0.25% and expectations rates could fall to close to zero, here are ...

Protecting family wealth: 10 tips for cutting inheritance tax

Inheritance tax - sometimes known as 'death tax' - can cause even more heartache for bereaved families. But th...

Travel insurance: Five tips to ensure a successful claim

Ahead of your summer holiday, it’s important to make sure you have the right level of travel cover or you co...

Investing your money

Alliance Trust Plc gives you smart insight into how to invest your money

Money Tips of the Week

Read previous post:
2293404-tsb-logo
TSB waives overdraft fees and interest charges in wake of IT chaos

The bank has announced that all overdraft fees and interest charges for retail and small business customers will be waived...

Close