Friday, February 3, 2017

"Car park app offers users £10 reward to snitch on people parking illegally"

Via Drudge: A private parking firm has created an app that promises to pay users to report illegally parked cars.

UK Car Park Management’s (UK CPM) i-Ticket app, which is available for free on Google Play and the App Store, pays a £10 commission to users who upload a picture of the vehicle and its registration number.

The company then uses DVLA data to send a £60 fine to the vehicle owner, a fee that rises to £100 if it isn’t paid within two weeks.

Unsurprisingly, i-Ticket has provoked strong reactions, with the RAC's Simon Williams branding it a "recipe for disaster".

"This is wrong on so many levels it beggars belief," he told the Mirror. "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."

UK CPM reportedly runs car parks for the likes of Tesco and McDonald’s, but i-Ticket appears to be designed for smaller companies that can’t afford to pay staff to monitor their own car parks.


edutcher said...

Dr Goebbels nods.

Leland said...

I'm sort of two worlds on this. Sure, I don't like the encouragement of everyone becoming part of a major police state. That is terrifying. However, there are a few asshole drivers that need to freakin' learn to park a dang car. Hell, they give you painted lines as aids, figure it the hell out.