Motorists in the UK could be forking out over half a billion pounds a year in private parking fines!
During the last financial year, a record 5.65 million tickets were handed out to drivers for parking on private land – this represents a massive increase of around one million penalties compared to figures for 2016/17 and this too was a record year!
The RAC Foundation is responsible for highlighting the rapid rise in parking penalties issued in the UK, with some charges being handed out to drivers as much as £100.
According to the association, motorists in the UK could be spending over half a billion pounds a year in private parking fines!
The new figures are staggering compared to what they stood at just 10 years ago, when less than half a million parking tickets were handed out – just 272,000 tickets were issued back in 2006/07.
The number of tickets issued today equates to 15,486 penalties being handed out every day!
According to the RAC Foundation, who calculated their data via the purchase of driver data from the DVLA, by a long way the biggest purchaser was ParkingEye Ltd who bought 1,768,233 records in 2017/18, whilst Euro Car Parks purchased 406,323 records and Smart Parking Ltd bought 390,860 records.
In total, 119 parking companies paid the DVLA for data.
“Each year we publish this analysis and each year we are not only astonished by the numbers involved, but also by the fact that those numbers keep rocketing up,” said Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation.
The question to be asked is why are so many parking tickets being issued these days. The RAC Foundation highlights the 2012 Protection of Freedoms Act – this banned clamping on private land apart from in ‘exceptional circumstances’.
This Act enabled private parking companies to chase after the registered owners of vehicles themselves, rather than having to prove who the driver was when the so-called offence took place – as a result the following figures show the startling increase in parking tickets being handed out. They show the financial year and the vehicle keeper records parking companies obtained from the DVLA.
- 2017/18 – 5.65 million
- 2016/17 – 4.71 million
- 2015/16 – 3.67 million
- 2014/15 – 3.06 million
- 2013/14 – 2.43 million
- 2012/13 – 1.89 million
- 2011/12 – 1.57 million
- 2010/11 – 1.17 million
- 2009/10 – 1.03 million
- 2008/9 – 687,000
- 2007/8 – 499,000
- 2006/7 – 272,000
- TOTAL: – 26.64 million
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