The British Parking Association (BPA) predicted there would be an increase in the number of DVLA data requests when wheel clamping was banned. It was obvious since issuing parking charge notices for breach of contract or trespass is now the prevalent method of managing parking on private land.

Modern methods of enforcement, such as ANPR, also mean that more data requests will be made; parking charge notices issued this way always need keeper information whereas those issued directly to the vehicle by attaching them to the windscreen only require keeper data requests when they remain unpaid.

There are other factors involved too.  There has been a very significant increase in car ownership, and a corresponding expansion of parking provision on private land by supermarkets, out-of-town retail parks and leisure centres, etc. The proportion of regulated public car parks is in decline because of government planning policy.

Importantly the BPA has established POPLA to provide independent redress for motorists who receive parking tickets on private land where they feel they have been treated unfairly.

Kelvin Reynolds, Director of Policy and Public Affairs at BPA said “Landowners have a right to manage their property but at the same time must take responsibility when doing so. We’ve been calling on government for four years to better regulate parking on private land and in 2016 at our Parking Summit a consensus was reached with stakeholders such as the RAC Foundation and consumer groups to form a Single Standard Setting Body with a single Code of Practice and appeals service.  We are still waiting for this to happen.”