Private car parking firms issue more tickets this year in fines worth extra £160million

Car parking firms handed out a total of 8.4million tickets to motorists over the past year according to analysis from the RAC Foundation. The group’s comparison of DVLA data found this was up from 6.8million tickets between 2018 and 2019.

Sir Greg Kinight’s Parking Bill became law in March 2019 and aims to bring rogue firms back into line or put them out of business completely.

The changes will see a government code of practice introduced to replace the self-regulatory standards that are currently used.

This will ensure motorists are not caught out by rogue firms who hit drivers for minor offences.

A spokesperson for the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government said the group was “committed” to stopping rogue operators.

They revealed the group were working to create a new code that was “fair” to drivers and businesses.

The spokesperson said: “We are committed to cracking down on the minority of rogue parking operators who exploit motorists.

“That’s why we are working with the British Standards Institution on a Code of Practice for the industry that is fair to both drivers and operators. We expect to consult on this new Code later this year.”

Private firms may not issue legal enforcement charges to drivers and can only ask them to pay fines for breaking the companies own terms and conditions.

These charges can therefore be protested as they are not legally enforceable in the same way penalty charge notices are applied.

Experts are RAC Drive say motoost who feel they have been unfairly charged should not pay anything as drivers cannot subsequently appeal.

They urged motorists to gather evidence whilst on site of any misplaced parking signs ir receipts a ticket was purchased before lodging an appeal

Drivers could also write to the private firm requesting details of why they were issued the charge and then complain about the charge as this could see the fine revoked.

If the private firm is a member of a trade association such as the British Parking Association or International Parking Committee, details of the charge need to be provided.

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