Despite the government planning to crack down on private parking companies with the Parking (Code of Practice) Act, they still managed to issue a record number of tickets last year. In the 2018-19 financial year, they issued 6.8 million tickets, up by over a million from the preceding 12 months. Incredibly, the number of tickets issued has rocketed by 10 times in 10 years, where they issued just 687,000 tickets in 2008-09.
The numbers come from the DVLA who hold the underlying keeper data. This data is critical to the private parking industry who need to request the keeper’s address in order to chase them for payment. The DVLA charge £2.50 per request, meaning that they are pocketing £17 million per year from the private parking industry.
The biggest individual requestor of data was ParkingEye, who obtained 1.85 million records alone.
The table below provides a break down by year.
|Financial year||Keeper records issued by DVLA|