Private Parking Fines Are On The Rise Once Again

Mon 20th Aug 2018

Private companies are issuing parking fines at an alarming rate according to research conducted by the RAC.

The RAC Foundation is predicting that 6.44million tickets will be handed out before end of the financial year, an increase of 800,000 on the previous year. Already in the first quarter of 2018/19, private parking companies have requested the vehicle keeper records of 1.48million owners from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA).

Private parking tickets have courted controversy for years, with some unscrupulous firms issuing tickets indiscriminately knowing that more often than not drivers will not contest them. However, research earlier this year suggests that those who do contest the tickets win their appeal in more than half of the cases. Though the tickets are not an official fine, parking trade associations can request your details from the DVLA and contact you to pay an invoice for parking on the specified land.

The dodgy practices have led to a private members’ bill being introduced to Parliament by MP Sir Greg Knight, with the aim of introducing a code of practice that all parking firms must adhere to.

Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, said: “Motorists might well be asking what is going on when the number of records being sought by private parking companies has shot up yet again.

“Numbers like these suggest that something, somewhere, is going wrong.

“Drivers will be pleased that Sir Greg Knight’s bill has cleared another parliamentary hurdle in the hope that it won’t be too long before some much-needed regulatory oversight is brought to bear on the industry.”

The extent of the rise in fines is illustrated by the RAC’s research which shows that when records began in 2006/07 there were only 272,000 vehicle keeper records obtained from the DVLA.