The number of tickets issued for parking on private land reached a record high in the final three months of 2017.

Between October and December, private parking companies received 1,576,593 vehicle keeper records from the DVLA. This information is used by private parking companies to pursue vehicle owners for penalties of up to £100 for supposed infringements of parking regulations on private land.

This is 10 per cent up on the 1,429,703 records released to parking firms on the previous quarter (July-September) and 26 per cent more than the 1,252,494 records on the three months prior to that (April-June).

It is estimated that more than 17,000 tickets are being issued every day – the equivalent of 714 per hour or 12 per minute.

This amounts to around six million vehicle keeper record requests to private parking firms over the 2017-18 financial year, which would be a grand leap from 4.71 million records released in the 2016-17 financial year.

Reacting to the rising trend, RAC Foundation director Steve Gooding suggested parking firms will do anything to maximise their profits from drivers but stressed that motorists should be aware and wise to the practice.

He commented: “The fact that ticketing has reached such epidemic proportions demonstrates exactly why legislation is needed.”

The government says it is committed to tackling the worst excesses of the industry and the Private Parking (Code of Practice) Bill is due to receive a second reading in the House of Commons on Friday (February 2nd).

Ben Robb, brand manager at The Fuelcard People, added: “It’s nothing for a private land parking firm to issue a ticket, so motorists should protect themselves by ensuring they park their car legally and safely.”

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