The rise in private parking fines

A new bill to regulate private parking is being backed by 93% of drivers, according to the RAC. Private parking firms hold a bad reputation with drivers and it’s thought to be because two-thirds of drivers think they are too aggressive when they try to collect fines. On top of this, 84% believe that the fines don’t reflect the offence.

The Daily Mirror has reported that millions of parking tickets aren’t in fact legal, meaning many drivers are able to fight for a refund. RAC Foundation Director, professor Stephen Glaister, said: “We estimate that in 2013 alone drivers might have been overcharged by some £100 million.”

Parking fines in 2017, are thought to have cost the British public a staggering £94 million, with certain cities having issued over half a million penalties in the past three years. According to UK Carline, Brent, Bristol and Croydon were the cities that drivers were most likely to be hit with a parking fine. All three cities had issues more than 250,000 fines in 2016. Brent soared ahead of other cities across the UK, issuing 537,128 fines across the three-year period. The top 10 councils with the highest number of issued parking fines is as follows:

Rank

City No. parking fines issued
(over three years)
1 Brent 537,128
2 Croydon 339,121
3 Bristol 267,913
4 Ealing 236,733
5 Newcastle 221,659
6 Enfield 189,619
7 Sheffield 155,552
8 Leicester 147,358
9 Bradford 141,692
10 Plymouth 121,429

 

It’s worrying that there was a total of 2,752,900 penalty charge notices issued across the three-year period, with 2016 alone seeing 941,888 tickets issued. If each penalty was charged at the maximum fine of £100 per offence, these penalty charges could be costing motorists an astonishing £275,290,000 per year! And further figures from the RAC suggest these figures continued to rise in the month running up to Christmas 2017 – with figures signifying there was a 10% increase in the number of tickets issued when compared to 2016’s figures, with around 17,137 tickets issued every day. Furthermore, ParkingEye Ltd was found to have requested the largest amount of data from the DVLA, with more than 533,000 records obtained in the most recent quarter, at a cost of £2.50 a record.

Steve Gooding, director of RAC Foundation, states that the data shows that private parking firms are “looking to maximise their profits from drivers out and about doing their festive shopping”. An opinion that seems fair to dish out, considering 72% of drivers say that parking terms and conditions notices are often hard to read or hidden in car parks – with a further 69% claiming parking charges were too high.

Further figures provided by UK Carline also highlighted that there seems to be a pattern on which days are most likely to see you issued with a fine. Their research shows that  drivers were most likely to receive a fine on a Saturday, while Sunday was the least likely. Figures show that just 235,584 tickets were issued on Sundays – a figure which still looks to be high but is significantly lower than the 430,035 tickets that were issued on Saturdays over the three-year period. Are drivers better behaved on Sundays? Or are parking firms more lenient?

No driver wants to see that big yellow envelope placed on their windscreen, or receive the dreaded letter through the post, knowing it means they are facing an unexpected charge for parking. The RAC suggests that there are areas which need to be addressed within the newly proposed bill in order for it to be a wide success, shifting driver attitudes towards a more positive consumer confidence in private parking firms.

Road policy spokesman for the RAC, Nicholas Lyes, said: “Importantly, this bill will facilitate a set of national guidelines which we hope will make the appeals’ process simpler, tighten access to the DVLA database and bring higher standards to a sector which clearly has a poor reputation among motorists.”

It’s a reputation that clearly needs to be worked upon, especially as over four in five drivers feel firms have a bad reputation.

In January 2018, it looked as though the future of parking and a reduction in harsh parking fines was positive, as the proposed Parking (Code of Practice) Bill from former Conservative minister, Sir Greg Knight, was expected to be heard by the House of Commons for a second time. The proposed new code of practice hoped to ensure fair treatment of motorists and parking firms alike – a practice that is clearly needed following data that shows ticketing has reached epidemic proportions. The RAC were pleased that the code of practice would mean that firms which did not comply with the new code would be blocked from accessing motorist’ information via the DVLA.

However, local authorities and councils could soon be part of the ‘war against motorists’, as a Conservative MP describes it, if the latest news from the RAC is anything to go by, with permits and car parking anticipated to rise by 45% in certain areas of the UK. This includes with the introduction of Sunday parking charges. With councils already racking up a huge £819 million in parking fines, fees and permits during 2016/17, how much could they be looking at making if charges increase by 45%? Motorists could be in for a shock – though also giving them more reason to fight back and support a bill to regulate private parking.

It’s clear that the cost of parking and fines is an issue that has been raised to the government, but could we see positive changes being made in the future? For motorists’ sake, let’s hope so.

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Putting Your Money To Better Use In Life

Many people waste money unnecessarily in life. That’s because many of us weren’t taught about financial management at school, and we’ve had to figure out how to manage our money through a process of trial and error. If you want to improve your financial situation this year but you’re not sure where to begin then here’s some advice on putting your money to better use.

Get your expenses in order.

The cost of living can seem extortionate at times, but many expenses are unavoidable. Still, there are ways to reduce the amount you spend on everyday things. To clarify, you don’t need to cut back on necessities to save money, but you could start spending less on those necessities by rethinking your essential expenses. Take a look at your budget (or make a budget if you don’t already have one). It’s important to track where your money is going on a monthly basis. You need to know how much money has to be set aside for mortgage payments, utilities, food, petrol, and so on. That way, you’ll know how much disposable income you have available after covering the basic costs for the month.

If you’re only just covering your expenses then you might want to take a smarter approach to purchasing necessities. For example, you could save money on food by using coupons every time you do your weekly shop and buying own-brand goods at supermarkets. You could even save money on petrol by simply using your car less often. Of course, covering the bigger costs in life can often be a little trickier. You might want to seek help from 1st remortgage advisors if you’re struggling to get a loan for a house remortgage with your current credit score. You shouldn’t let your credit rating stop you from affording the things you need in life.

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Save your money regularly.

Another important way in which you could put your money to better use is to start saving it regularly. You can still treat yourself to non-essential purchases in life, but you also need to think about the future. Putting aside a little bit of your earnings on a regular basis could help to ensure that you have some substantial savings for your later years in life. It could also give you an emergency fund in the event of unexpected events. Transfer a set amount of money to your savings account every month (or every week) if you want to start securing your future.

Start making some investments.

If you really want to put your money to better use in life then you should start making some investments. Rather than letting your money very slowly gain an insignificant amount of interest in your bank account, you could invest it wisely. Getting a good return on an investment can massively increase your wealth, but it’s all about choosing the right market at the right time. It can be a risky game, but you need to learn to be patient and calm. All markets are unpredictable, whether you’re an experienced investor or you’re new to the game. The key is to simply wait for the market to take an upturn before you sell your stock in a panic. Make sure you do some research before parting with your money. It’s important that you make small and well-calculated investments.

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Poor Financial Habits You Could Easily Inherit From Your Parents

There are a lot of things that you might inherit from your parents. For instance, you might have your Mom’s eyes or your Dad’s hair color. I’m sure that you will be very happy with the various physical and personality traits that they pass onto you. However, there could be a few bad habits that you pick up from them too. Unfortunately, some of these bad habits might be to do with your money management and could lead you to make some poor financial decisions. You might even inherit some of these without even realizing it!

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Here are some of the common poor financial habits we pick up from our parents – make sure you try to break these habits once and for all!

 

Impulsive Spending

If your parents were impulsive spenders and used to flash the cash without even thinking about it, then there is a good chance that you will do this as well. After all, it might have been all that you knew as you were growing up. Even though this may seem normal to you, it’s still important to try and get all of this spending under control. It could push you over budget each month, which could make it ever so easy to spiral into debt.

 

Taking On Too Much Debt

There isn’t too much wrong with taking on small amounts of debt as long as you are 100% sure that you can always pay back the monthly repayments. If you are ever unable to pay back the debt, you could get into a lot of trouble with the lenders, and this may lead to your home or valuable possessions being repossessed by the likes of repossessions-uk.com. So, always be very careful with debt and only get into it when you have tried all your other options.

Burying Your Head In The Sand

Some parents might ignore their money worries in the hope that they will blow over before too long. Sadly, though, this rarely occurs. It’s more likely that the worries and troubles will become more problematic, and you might end up with a very urgent problem on your hands. Thankfully, though, there are lots of ways to fix your money issues. One solution is to use a site like repair.credit to start fixing your credit report. A financial advisor can always help you start a debt repayment plan. Just remember that it’s always important to take action before it’s too late.

Not Being Open About Money

Lots of families also find it hard to discuss money management with each other. If this was the case with your parents, and they rarely spoke to one another about their finances, you need to change this in your own adult life. Be open and honest with your partner so that you can always help each other when managing your budget and finances becomes tricky.

Hopefully, you don’t pick up many of these bad habits from your parents. But don’t worry if you do, though – most of them are very easy to shake off!

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