Private parking tickets are approaching records

Nearly two million parking tickets were issued to drivers between April and June of this year by private parking companies, the number of which has increased by almost two-thirds in the past five years.

The RAC Foundation’s analysis found that 159 companies obtained files from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) to prosecute car owners for alleged infractions in private parking lots during this time period. This represents an increase of 64% compared to 97 during the same period in 2016.

Government statistics show that 1.95 million tickets were issued for sites such as shopping malls, leisure facilities and motorway service areas – if this rate holds for the remainder of the year, the total would reach the record 8.4 million set in 2019/20.

Tickets can cost drivers up to £ 100.

The implementation of a government-sanctioned code of conduct, a one-stop-call service and a system of charges and penalties that would be more in line with those imposed by the councils is pending. ministerial approval.

Philip Boynes, managing director of Britain’s largest parking company, PrivateEye, told Members of the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee last week that “the average profit for a parking operator was around 2.1% “.

But RAC Foundation director Steve Gooding said the DVLA figures “cast doubt on the industry’s view shared with the committee that margins are shrunk by a hair’s breadth.”

He continued, “If so, then how come more and more people seem to be joining the industry which is already on track this year to issue near-record parking fee claims? ?

“It is inconceivable that more than eight million drivers leave each year consciously deciding to break the parking rules and risk ending up with a parking fee.

“These numbers, which have grown by leaps and bounds over the past 10 years, suggest that we have a system that doesn’t work – not for motorists who receive royalty claims and not for private owners either.

“This needs to change, starting with putting in place a single, clear set of rules and an independent call service so motorists know exactly where they stand and any aggressive operator practices are quickly identified. and eliminated. “

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