Disturbing RAC Foundation Report On Parking Enforcement
- and its getting worse!
A recent RAC Foundation report has revealed that private parking companies issued 5.65 MILLION parking tickets during 2017. That is one for every SIX registered vehicles in this country and also one for every six seconds -- or 15,486 a DAY! This confirms that parking tickets in one form or another issued after people park on retail parks, supermarkets, stations, pubs and many other seemingly innocent areas we all use, are being handed out like confetti by organisations whose only goal is to make money from people going about their every day lives lawfully doing the ordinary things that we all do. In short there are those trying to criminalize perfect law abiding strangers for no good reason than using their strange version of what they maintain is the 'law,', when they have no legal training at all and frankly are only ever focused on extracting money by any means. Without either legal knowledge or authority, deceit and harassment are the only weapons left to them. The term 'cowboys' used to describe these people in this industry is thus remarkably generous - and don't think that this is the worst news. As the RAC Foundation alludes to - these cowboys are completely out of control. This factory industry has no regulatory authority and thus they make up their own rules as they go along and all are in their favour. A cowboy's charter and it hasn't got any better when that was written in 2018.
The RAC Foundation has published official DVLA statistics showing that the amount of personal data it stores, is then being used to generate parking tickets without either the knowledge or consent of the registered keepers whom the DVLA and the Data Protection Act 1998 is obliged to protect by law under that Act . The DPA itself was significantly tightened up ion 25 May 2018 via the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulations 2018 which gives data controllers - a description of the DVLA even less reason for sharing your private details with third parties. However nothing had changed in the DVLA's attitude .
The number has also steadily risen every year since records were first collated in 2007, from a modest 272,000 per annum to this shocking figure - some 20 times the original - and rising as it will when government agencies task no notice of new statutes . That's an awful lot of climbing on the bandwagon, showing that any cowboy firm can join in as there is nothing to stop them. There are no regulations preventing the formation of 'parking management' companies and no regulatory minimum standards for them to attain.
The 1 million figure was passed in 2010, the 2 million figure in the first full year following the introduction of the Protections of Freedoms Act 2012 on 1st May 2012. The annual increase of nearly 1 million since 2016 shows that far from abating, this unholy epidemic is actually increasing at an alarming rate. Epidemic is also a term used by the RAC and it is fuelled by a lax and willing DVLA which in now gains a minimum of £2.50 times by 5.65 (nearly £13 million ) whilst the DVLA is happily creating expensive nightmares for ordinary folk . I can say that every ticket is unenforceable, and I can confirm that in e15 years since I was first involved, I have never come a ticket that was legally enforceable and I have yet a meet a bailiff = sorry 'enforcement agent' who doesn't lie to get his own way
Worst offenders in this scam in 2017 were ParkingEye - way out in front with 1.7 MILLION, followed by Euro Car Parks 406,000, Smart parking 390,000, Athena ANPR 318,000 and Highview Parking 274,000. Whenever any these at the top end of the rogue's charter are challenged by Fair Parking, not one has ever offered a coherent answer that would stand up in a court and thus constantly gets rejected by the judiciary. Only when county court summonses are undefended do they win by default, it is better to prevent any court summons being issued. That is why you need Fair Parking to assist you.
plus the part played by the Information Commissioners Office.
None of this would be possible without the willing assistance of the DVLA which stores your private details on a database and is therefore subject to the Data Protection Act 1998 and the General Data Protection Regulations 2018. However the DVLA simply ignores its statutory obligations under these European human rights legislations (now English law) which this country's government freely signed up to abide by, hence the creation of the Information Commissioner's Office to oversee these legal obligations, but who somehow and quite inexplicably treat the DVLA as an exception to its own enforcement procedures.
The whole purpose of the Data Protection 1998 and the General Data Protection Regulations 2018 is to make our lives safer, but the DVLA has turned this obvious and easily achievable objective into a vehicle whereby for a cheap bribe of £2.50 it will automatically divulge your private data to anybody who asks for it and will unquestionably do that without either your knowledge or consent usually by others whose purpose is to do you harm. In anybody's eyes that would be a strange application of statutes introduced to protect the people. This leaves the door open to those who make their money by using these shortcoming to take advantage to cause unnecessary stress and worry by doing harm to innocent people, often via the use of bullying tactics and unethical behaviour - most noticeably by greedy private parking companies, - or worse - self employed commission only individuals - not as appointed bailiffs but merely licensed as one. No matter how much they pretend otherwise. these agents are NOT officials and especially NOT of any court. These licensees have merely obtained a court's permission to act as an agent. That permission or licence is only granted for a maximum of two years and can be withdrawn before this period ends upon receiving a complaint from a member of the public. This is a long, long way from being a 'court official' as many of these enforcement agents like to describe themselves. Smoke and mirrors is a far more apt description.
Further the DVLA astonishingly takes grave exception to those who try to assist those helping those who lives have been placed in turmoil, using - in the DVLA's eyes - the 'questionable' method of taking the trouble to obtain the permission of those affected in order to blunt the bullies preying on those who have broken no laws. Their aggressive approach is 'normal' in the bizarre world of parking enforcement and as if that wasn't enough, it is then approved by the DVLA who supplies all the ammunition the bullies need. All this for a cheap £2.50
The 'Approved Operators Scheme'
If there was anything more than deceitful than the Approved Operators Scheme, then it is well hidden, as it is extremely difficult to find anything emphasizing the muddled thinking behind the application of the Data Protection Act 1998 and the General Data Protection Regulations 2018, more than the 'approved operators scheme' which effectively hands priority to parking enforcement companies who are members of the British Parking Association or Independent Parking Committee over ordinary members of the public. No part of the Data Protection Act 1998 describes any such concession. In short some buffoons within the DVLA idiotically imagine that this delusional, but barmy two tier system enables the Acts to be conveniently misinterpreted in order to allow some enquirers of the DVLA to be treated as being more equal than others!
It should also be understood that that both the BPA and IPC are simply private companies who both imagine that they can dictate to a government agency as to how it should conduct its affairs - and the DVLA appears to sanction this outrageous and unlawful delusion. That the BPA itself isn't all it seems was exposed in the spring of 2018 when its chief executive was convicted of 'outraging public decency' at Westminster Magistrates Court by filming up ladies skirts. Trust in the BPA and all other enforcers was immediately put into doubt. The BPA also tried to influence the DVLA back in 2011 by wrongfully complaining that Fair Parking ( was offering a scheme whereby motorists could register their vehicles at a contactable address other than their own, hence avoiding parking tickets which at best are only ever unproven accusations. They failed. To date nobody - not even the DVLA - has convinced the government to change that law.
Up to this point. one could be forgiven for thinking that what has been written on this website so far, sounds implausible and that if there had been any errors by the DVLA, they had been genuine because essentially the DVLA is an honest government agency we all trust to do its best. Unfortunately that is difficult to now justify following an investigation by 'The Times' - perhaps this country's most respected newspaper - which delved into the services being offered by Fair Parking. The Times contacted the DVLA in April 2015 and asked seemingly reasonable questions. Initially the DVLA was asked if it had been contacted by the BPA in 2011 over the use of 'contactable addresses'. It vehemently and consistently denied that it had, but when finally confronted with its own internal correspondence obtained by Fair Parking and later supplied to The Times, it was forced to admit that it had actually discussed the matter with the BPA and that Fair Parking was quite within the law to offer the registration scheme the DVLA could do nothing about. The validity of the scheme was put to The Times' lawyers who in turn confronted the DVLA with its own forgotten written evidenced before the article exposing the DVLA's lies was published on April 18 2015. The DVLA neither protested nor threatened legal action and the BPA has yet to persuade the government to change the law. 'Embarrassment' is a term which springs to mind
One aspect that needs resolving, is why ordinary members of the public should trust either the DVLA or its approved operators who must be breaking the law thousands of times a day in order to make it easier for their operatives to either bully or otherwise act illegally against those who should otherwise have nothing to fear. That is why there is an answer to all this insanity. Liars, bullies and cheats are always caught out when directly confronted with the reality of a tight defence and reality.
So many blind eyes fail to spot the blatantly obvious including that of the Information Commissioners Office whose own written directive of 23rd April 2009 is simply ignored by those charged with the legal duty to protect us.