February 4, 2017
DIY ticketing app pays users £10 to shop illegally parked cars 0
The firm, Car Parking Management – which allegedly counts McDonalds, Halfords, Tesco and the NHS as its clients – is paying a £10 commission to boost parking fines for badly parked drivers.
To use the app, all the user has to do to report a vehicle, is take a picture of the illegally parked car, along with its registration number.
Until now, such firms have used either traffic wardens or by installing their car parks with Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras (APNR) to catch offenders.
The boss at CPM, James Randall said: “The problem is not with the app but with drivers that do not respect people’s land.
“The photo uploaded to the app is just the evidence and everyone is looked at by a member of staff before a ticket is printed.”
Users of the app are offered “complete confidentiality” by the company.
Following a parking infringement, drivers are sent a letter demanding £60, this rises to £100 after 14 days without payment.
The RAC has been quick to criticise the scheme, calling it “a recipe for disaster” and believes it could lead to physical confrontation between app users and drivers. A spokesman for the RAC said: “This is wrong on so many levels it beggars belief. CLICK
“The sharp practices of parking companies are already regularly called into question with paid officials dishing out fines, but with members of the public being financially encouraged to shop motorists who overstay, it’s a recipe for disaster.
“This will cause total chaos by undermining trust still further and may even lead to public order offences between drivers and members of the public looking to earn a quick £10.”
Brighton-based CPM states on its website: “Not only is the service free, you even receive £10 commission for every paid parking ticket!
“With three simple steps CPM will issue a parking ticket to the vehicle owner using DVLA data and the postal service.
“Complete privacy! Not only is the issuing process quick and discrete, CPM also operates under complete confidentiality.
“Our parking tickets and signs have no reference to yourself, all correspondence are designed to make the motorist believe they have been caught by a CPM patrol warden.”
Edmund King, president of the AA, said: “We hoped that outlawing cowboy clampers would have got rid of these sharp practices but it seems that some of the modern day highwaymen are alive and well.
“Even Dick Turpin did his own dirty work without relying on others.
“Getting drivers to do their dirty work shows the lengths that some parking companies will go to in order to get drivers to stand and deliver their profits.”