Private parking firms to dish out 2m more tickets than last year

Private parking firms are set to issue nearly two million more tickets this year compared to the previous 12 months.

Analysis by the RAC Foundation found that almost 8.6 million tickets could be issued during the financial year by parking firms. This means drivers will face a 26% increase on the total of 6.8 million fines in 2018/19.

Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, said: “Whatever the outcome of the general election it must be a priority for our new government to get a grip, quickly, of this.

“The volume of tickets being issued is now four and a half times what it was when clamping was outlawed back in 2012 and an astonishing 32 times more than it was in 2006, which is the first year for which the DVLA publishes data for.

Firms can charge drivers up to £100 for alleged infringements in private car parks.

Speaking in March, Nicholas Lyes, head of roads policy at the RAC, said: “For too long, some unscrupulous private parking operators have made drivers’ lives a misery with some questionable practices, which has sent levels of trust in the sector plummeting.”

“The code will create more consistent standards across the board, which should eliminate dubious practices and create a single, independent appeals process.”

“The RAC has long called for changes to the way the private parking sector is regulated, and this new code will undoubtedly make the lives of drivers easier.”

Local Government Secretary Robert Jenrick said: “The new code will restore common sense to the way parking fines are handed out, encourage people back onto our high-streets and crack-down on dodgy operators who use aggressive tactics to harass drivers.”

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