Parking enforcement

Parking enforcement is divided into two parts:

  • Preventing unpermitted parking
  • Charging or otherwise penalising unpermitted parking

If the above statement is correct then placing barriers in front of a parking area is a form of parking enforcement.

In the United Kingdom the Road Traffic Act 1991 decriminalised parking offences so that wrongly parking does not result in criminal charges, normally.

The emphasis in the second part of parking enforcement is on charging money for alleged violations of the rules.

In the case of private property the charge is usually to give the property owner and/or his agent a return for the use of the property and to reimburse for the time and trouble of contacting the motorist and communicating the news about the offence and the charge.

In reality, one of the major drives with parking enforcement is income maximisation. Local authorities have parking charges as a major part of their income and private parking enforcement firms have been accused of using unfair methods bordering on duress to extract money from motorists over parking.

Flashpark is a company that has innovated a method of parking enforcement using the Internet and digital photography that is almost bound to be copied in various forms around the world.

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