Talking Parking Tickets

Multiple Penalty Charge Notices (PCN) on a car

Its hard to believe that one day you could get a parking ticket that talks to you. Well the time may be coming soon to a car park near you!

A British company has developed a ticket with an embedded 30 second audio message. Its likely to be used mostly by private landowners who it is estimated last year to have generated £150 million in revenue. According to the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency), details of  1.5 million motorists were given to private enforcement companies.

These companies issue parking charge notices to motorists who park illegally on private land. They will now be able to leave a message for motorists be it friendly or of a firmer nature, warning motorists that their details could be obtained from DVLA and ultimately end up with a fine.

Later versions of the technology will allow motorists to record a response to the owner of the land or car park.

Prof Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, commented.

“For drivers already nagged to death by their satnavs this is the last thing they will want to hear if they have been slapped with a ticket.

“Perhaps the words should be replaced with soothing music. How about Money for Nothing by Dire Straits?”