Clamping ban gives rise to private parking tickets

Almost 25% more parking tickets have been issued this year since the ban on clamping came into effect almost 12 months ago.

Parking tickets also known as parking charge notices or fixed penalty notice are estimated to reach 2.3 million by the end of this year. This will be an increase of approximately 500,000 parking tickets year on year.

The ban on clamping cars on private land was meant to give motorists a reprieve from extortionate release fees charged by some over zealous private parking enforcement companies.

However, landowners were given given the power to issue tickets to motorists who left their vehicles on private land without permission or overstayed in a car park. Enforcement companies who are members of the BPA (British Parking Association) are allowed to obtain the details of motorists from the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) in Swansea.

Edmund King, the president of the AA says “Private parking enforcement remains unregulated and is a free for all when even firms signed up to a code of practice breach their own rules. It seems many of the notorious clampers have moved their sharp practices to private parking enforcement.”