Parking Fines on privately managed car parks surged last year

A report out last week from the RAC Foundation found that the number of penalty tickets issued to drivers parking on private land had surged by almost a million in 12 months. We take a look at this in a little more detail and compare it with our own figures to assess the impact on fleet drivers.

The RAC report analysed DVLA data for 2017-2018 and found that 5.65 million sets of vehicle keeper records were released to car parking management companies. Almost all of these will have been used to pursue motorists who are deemed to have infringed regulations in their car parks. This figure was up on the previous year which saw 4.71 million sets of information released. To put this further into context 2007-2008 saw just under 500,000 released.

The number of parking companies making requests of the DVLA is also on the up – 119 companies in 2017-2018 – ten more than the year before. Between them, these firms issued a penalty notice every 6 seconds.

But what of the experience of Fleet Drivers and these fines? Because of the growth of our business, like for like figures are difficult to come by. Last year though, we processed nearly 85,000 fines of this kind, representing 27% of the total fines and charges we handled. This year we are predicting volumes of around 135,000.

The increase is not that surprising when you consider that the 2012 Protection of Freedoms Act all but banned clamping on private land, whilst at the same time allowing the companies to request registered keeper of vehicles details.

So like the words of that 1988 Number One song by Yazz & The Plastic Population – it seems “The Only Way is Up”, when it comes to the issuing of fines for infringements in privately managed car parks.

At least at All Fleet we are easing the burden for our clients with our Digital Fines solution Fleet Fine Online.