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Parking Fines on the Rise

Posted in General News on Friday, December 3rd, 2021

A near record number of parking tickets have been issued to UK motorists by private parking companies this year. According to analysis conducted by the RAC Foundation 1.95 million motorists received a parking ticket in the first three months of the 2021-2022 financial year. If this trend continues over the next three quarters, by the end of the year the figures will be close to the record high of 8.4 million reached in 2019-2020. Almost 159 private parking companies requested vehicle ownership records from the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) for the purpose of issuing parking tickets last year compared to 97 in 2016. Director of the RAC Foundation, Steve Gooding commented: the DVLA’s figures “cast doubt” on industry claims that firms’ margins are “hanging by a hair’s breadth. If that’s the case, how come more and more appear to be joining the industry already on track this year to issue a near record level of demands for parking charges? It is inconceivable that more than eight million drivers are setting out each year consciously deciding to flout parking rules and risk ending up with a parking charge. These numbers, which have risen in leaps and bounds over the last 10 years, suggest we have a system that isn’t working – not for the motorists who are receiving charge demands and not for the private landowners either.” 

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Ian Cook

Friday, December, 3rd, 2021

One more annoying aspect of this is that DVLA are selling details that could be classed as sensitive and breaching the DPA 2010/2018 or the now GDPR by selling the addresses of vehicle owners.

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Graham Titman

Friday, December, 3rd, 2021

I have just been caught out at the John Radcliff at Oxford in the past you went to the barrier took a ticket the barrier lifted and you went in when you came back to your car you put your ticket in the machine paid the charge drove to the barrier put your ticket in away you went .When i went two weeks ago the barrier lifted as you got to it and no ticket came out assumed it was broke went in for a check up that took about 21/4 hours and drove out and two weeks later got a £50 parking ticket for unauthorised parking even though i was in a disabled bay showing a blue badge .At 50odd miles each way to check the signage it is unfortunately cheaper to pay up.

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Charles John Reid

Monday, December, 6th, 2021

I believe that Councils are short of money they hit the disabled I wonder what they would think if the Chief Executive was disabled Croydon are a pain the preferable pain