posted 2 years ago

Parking App Wants You To Snitch On Badly Parked Cars For £10

In an effort to increase the standard of parking across the UK, CPM have launched an app which encourages motorists to send in photos of badly parked cars in return for £10.

These photos can then be provided to the motorists as evidence - increasing the chances they’ll pay the fine.

The firm boasts the car park enforcement contracts of McDonalds, Halfords, Tesco and also the NHS. 

Before now, firms like these have relied on hiring, training, and paying their own staff to monitor their own premises - but this shortcut could drastically reduce the firms running costs in terms of wages and recruitment. 

The company insist that the whole idea is to encourage a better standard of parking, and nothing to do with maximising profit by neglecting staff.

This is the latest twist in the ongoing (and lucrative) private parking industry which is constantly on the receiving end of criticism due to the selling on of ‘debts’, harassment-levels of ‘debt’ chasing and unjust threats of judicial action.

It’s not gone down very well though…

RAC spokesman Simon Williams said: "This is wrong on so many levels it beggars belief.

"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.

"This will cause total chaos by undermining trust still further and may even lead to public order offences between drivers and members of the public looking to earn a quick £10."

Edmund King, president of the AA, said: "We hoped that outlawing cowboy clampers would have got rid of these sharp practices but it seems that some of the modern day highwaymen are alive and well.

"Even Dick Turpin did his own dirty work without relying on others.

"Getting drivers to do their dirty work shows the lengths that some parking companies will go to in order to get drivers to stand and deliver their profits."