Car Park Management App offers £10 Reward for Pictures of Illegally Parked Cars
Every driver has cursed at that one person who doesn’t believe they need to worry about parking rules; the ones with no children who shamelessly park in the parent and child space, the one who parks so close to you, you need to climb through the passenger seat and the worse one who feels they can use your driveway as their own personal pit stop. CPM are giving power back to the people with their new i-Ticket app.
UK Car Park Management is a company who oversee many private parking areas not covered by councils or the police, for companies such as Tesco, McDonald’s and even NHS parking sites. Their new i-Ticket App allows regular people on the street to take pictures of cars parked illegally and send them directly to the company. CPM will then access DVLA’s website to locate the owner of the car and issue a £60 fine. This parking charge will rise to £100 if not paid within the first 14 days. As soon as payment has been received the parking photographer will receive £10 commission for providing the information.
Once users download and set up an account on the app they even have the option to receive DIY parking signs to set up on their own land. The thought behind these, are for small businesses who would otherwise not be able to afford to patrol their parking spaces.
Those who provide photographic evidence of parking offences can do so completely anonymously. All correspondence sent to the offender has been designed to make them believe their parking offence was recorded by a CPM parking warden.
Simon Williams, RAC Spokesman has said of the scheme
“The sharp practices of parking companies are regularly called into question with paid officials dishing out fines, but with members of the public being financially encouraged to shop motorists who overstay, it’s a recipe for disaster.”
Many drivers will have experienced or witnessed heated exchanges when the right to park is involved, either with another driver after the same space, or a paid parking warden issuing a fine. Do you think members of the public taking parking rights into their own hands will create more parking harmony or more public order offences?
How would you feel if you returned to your car being pictured by a member of the public? Would you ever take a photo of an illegally parked car to earn yourself £10?
Let us know what you think in the comment section below.
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6 February 2017
Written by Natalie Faughy