Sudden rise in private parking tickets is scaremongering by RAC Foundation

The RAC Foundation’s figures don’t tell the whole story. British Parking Association (BPA) believes that a whole range of factors can lead to an increase in requests from the DVLA and it’s not just related to the number of tickets issued. 

The growth of car ownership and the number of cars on Britain’s roads is placing additional demands on parking, much of which occurs on private land due to the expansion of parking at retail and leisure parks and supermarkets.  Most of these places are managed using camera technology, which requires a request to be made to the DVLA before any parking ticket can be issued. Tickets issued by attaching them to the windscreen only lead to a DVLA enquiry if they remain unpaid. It’s also true that unpaid parking tickets can lead to more than one DVLA data request for the same ticket; for example  to ensure that the purchaser of a used car isn’t contacted about parking tickets they didn’t incur. This is sensible and protects innocent motorists.

Kelvin Reynolds, Director of Corporate and Public Affairs said: “There are around 35 million cars on Britain’s roads and millions more parking acts taking place every day, the vast majority without incident because parking is managed fairly and responsibly to make sure we can all access the shops, leisure facilities, hospitals and supermarkets that might otherwise become congested

“There are many reasons why the number of DVLA data requests can rise and this includes multiple requests for the same vehicle because historically there is evidence to show that some motorists acquire multiple tickets. However, 4 out of 5 motorists never get a parking ticket.”

The BPA’s existing Code of Practice already sets high standards for our members, and we believe that’s the right thing to do. Only by setting high standards in consultation with a broad range of stakeholders such as the RAC Foundation can we build trust among the public that they will always be treated fairly.  We hope that Sir Greg Knight’s Private (Code of Practice) Bill will deliver the consistency required across the board.