An app that turns you into a ‘snitcher!’
All you need to do is take a photo of an illegally parked car and you’ll earn £10
A UK parking enforcement company is trying to turn us into a nation of ‘snitchers,’ by allowing members of the public to use their app to inform them of illegally parked cars on private land – and get paid for it!
UK Car Park Management is allowing people in the UK to basically ‘rat’ on their own for a payment of £10. By simply using their app, people can anonymously take a photograph of a car showing its number plate, send it to the parking enforcement company, then sit back and wait for their tenner to arrive once the company has been paid.
CPM actually pay for access to the DVLA’s data, which enables them to find the driver via their number plate. The company then sends a demanding letter for £60, which increases to £100 after 14 days if it hasn’t been paid.
CPM are in charge of overlooking the cars parks for both Tesco and the NHS. This new app will provide the company with the opportunity to hand out more fines in areas of the country where they don’t even have wardens walking the streets.
However, CPM claim that the app will enable those who own off-road parking, which isn’t monitored by the council or police, to stop people from parking on their land.
The boss of CPM, Mr James Randall, aged 32, said: “The problem is not with the app but with drivers that do not respect people’s land.”
Mr Randall said that the photograph uploaded to the app is simply evidence. It’s then looked at by one of their members of staff before a ticket is printed out for issuing.
Account holders will be able to use the new system to set up their private land as a place where fines can be given out legitimately and within the law.
Through the CPM website, account holders can also request DIY signs, which can be placed on their private land to act as a warning to people that if they choose to park there, they could face being fined. The account holders are even offered ‘total privacy’ by CPM.
Once the signs are in place, the user can take pictures of the illegally parked vehicle and its number plate, email the information to CPM and they will ‘do the rest.’
The company even gloats to an extent about the practice: “Not only is the issuing process quick and discreet; CPM also operates under complete confidentiality.”
CPM’s parking tickets and signs do not refer in any way to the account holder, so all correspondence sent to offenders is designed to make it look like they’ve been caught by one of the company’s patrol warden’s.
Simon Williams, a spokesman for RAC, said that the practice “beggars belief.”
Mr Williams added: “The sharp practices of parking companies are already 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.”
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