Backed by 93% of drivers, a new bill has been proposed to regulate private Parking. 84% of drivers state that they think private parking firms are issuing disproportionate fines. This, coupled with the fact that two-thirds of drivers find fine collection by private parking firms too aggressive, and it’s clear to see there is a growing issue with private parking in the UK. Along with Audi dealershipVindis, we investigate the costs and possible solutions to the problem.
The Daily Mirror reported on RAC data showing that millions of parking tickets are illegal and that drivers could fight for a refund. Professor Stephen Glaister, RAC Foundation director, comments: “We estimate that in 2013 alone drivers might have been overcharged by some £100 million.”
Parking fines were said to be costing Brits a whopping £94 million a year in 2017, with some cities issuing half a million tickets in the last three years. According to UK Carline, Brent, Croydon, and Bristol were the cities that drivers were most likely to be hit with a parking fine. All three cities had issued more than 250,000 fines in 2016. Brent, in particular, soared ahead of other cities across the UK, issuing 537,128 fines across the three-year period. The top ten councils with the highest number of issued parking fines are as follows:
|Rank||City||No. parking fines issued
(over three years)
2016 saw a total of 941,888 tickets issues, with a three-year total coming to 2,752,900. If each penalty was charged at the maximum fine of £100 per offense, these penalty charges could be costing motorists an astonishing £275,290,000 per year! And further figures from the RAC suggest these figures continued to rise in the month running up to Christmas 2017 – with figures signifying there was a 10% increase in the number of tickets issued when compared to 2016’s figures, with around 17,137 tickets issued every day. Furthermore, ParkingEye Ltd was found to have requested the largest amount of data from the DVLA, with more than 533,000 records obtained in the most recent quarter, at a cost of £2.50 a record.
Steve Gooding, the Foundation director of the RAC, observes that the results seem to show private parking firms are “looking to maximize their profits from drivers out and about doing their festive shopping”. An opinion that seems fair to dish out, considering 72% of drivers say that parking terms and conditions notices are often hard to read or hidden in car parks – with a further 69% claiming parking charges were too high.
Data from UK Carline seem to show a pattern for the days a driver is most likely to be landed with a parking ticket. Their research revealed Saturday was the day most drivers were issued with a parking fine, whilst Sunday was the least likely. Figures show that just 235,584 tickets were issued on Sundays – a figure which still looks to be high but is significantly lower than the 430,035 tickets that were issued on Saturdays over the three-year period. Are drivers better behaved on Sundays? Or are parking firms more lenient?
Drivers dread seeing the yellow envelope on their windscreen; no one wants to receive a sudden charge. The RAC suggests that there are a number of areas which need to be addressed within the newly proposed bill in order for it to be a wide success, shifting driver attitudes towards a more positive consumer confidence in private parking firms.
NicholasLyes, a RAC road policy spokesman, points out: “Importantly, this bill will facilitate a set of national guidelines which we hope will make the appeals’ process simpler, tighten access to the DVLA database and bring higher standards to a sector which clearly has a poor reputation among motorists.”
This poor reputation that 81% of drivers feel firms have needed some work.
Back in January 2018, the future of parking fines and the possibility of reducing them looked positive. The proposed Parking (Code of Practice) Bill from former Conservative minister, Sir Greg Knight, was expected to be heard by the House of Commons for the second time. The proposed new code of practice hoped to ensure fair treatment of motorists and parking firms alike – a practice that is clearly needed following data that shows ticketing has reached epidemic proportions. The RAC was pleased that the code of practice would mean that firms which did not comply with the new code would be blocked from accessing motorist’ information via the DVLA.
But local authorities could find themselves in the ‘war against motorists’, as a Conservative MP put it. Permits and car parking expected to rocket by 45% in certain areas across the UK. This includes with the introduction of Sunday parking charges. With councils already racking up a huge £819 million in parking fines, fees, and permits during 2016/17, how much could they be looking at making if charges increase by 45%? Motorists could be in for a shock – though also giving them more reason to fight back and support a bill to regulate private parking.
The increased cost of fines and parking penalties has been brought to the government’s attention. Could we see the right changes being made in the near future? For motorists’ sake, let’s hope so.
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