Could parking fines be a thing of the past?

parking2Parking fines and scratching around for loose change could be a thing of the past, an industry expert has claimed.

New technology using ANPR cameras could be used to benefit drivers rather than issuing penalties, according to Park with Ease co-founder and director Jonathan Flatman.

He said: “If the parking industry continues with a heavy-handed approach to car park management, with fines for even minor indiscretions, it will always create a negative impression in consumers’ minds.”

Park with Ease’s new system monitors when cars enter and leave car parks, issuing their drivers with a bill once a month.

It means pay and display parking will become fully automated, with people not having to worry about having the right amount of change or having to hurry back to their cars to avoid getting a fine.

Schemes that allow drivers to pay via their phone to negate these issues are now widespread, but this fully automated system should make paying for parking even easier.

Park with Ease has already been trialled in the Lake District, where apparently it has gone down well.

Lake District National Park car parking operations manager Dave Coxon said: “Having used the Park with Ease system for two years we have seen parking fines go down and visitor numbers go up. Motorists are much happier to pay for what they have used afterwards, rather than fighting a fine for being 15 minutes late.”

The scheme also breaks the time stayed in a car park into 20 minute intervals – meaning you won’t be charged for another hour should you stay five minutes later than planned.

Flatman added: “In an ideal world parking would be much easier for everyone, with motorists being charged via monthly instalments for whatever parking they have used.

“I envisage the process to using ANPR and registration databases will not happen overnight, but it can only be a matter of time before it’s common across the country.”

Web editor at MotoringResearch.com. Drives a 1983 Austin Metro. Tweet me @MR_AndrewBrady.

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  • Haddad

    This is a scam
    I have paid in advance with park ease and the parking machine accept it. However, it seems didnt processed the payment to allow them to fine the public.
    I never received a bill, I only received a penalty of 25 pound !
    Be carefull avoid them

  • claire wright

    Total scam, hubby a coach driver tried to pay within the 48 hrs after like website states but the Number plate of the coach didn’t show up on the Park With Ease website until 72 hours after leaving the car park. He has no choice but to use their car park due to the size of the vehicle. He has complained numerous times but no avail. The 1st parking date was 23rd June and 1 minute over the 20 minutes. The parking charge notice was issued on 11th July, which was day 14 after the coach left the car park and didn’t arrive until day 18 so well over the 14 days to pay £25.

    The 2nd time using Park with ease at the same car park 30th June was 33 minutes duration but parking charge notice wasn’t issued until 29th July a whole month.

    Total scam this company

  • E A Bentley

    Completely agree with the other comments!
    Parking WITHOUT ease, or Parking Wheeze, or Parking Weasels would be more appropriate.
    Mind you – what can you expect from a company who can’t even be bothered to check for spelling errors on their signage?
    Due to errors in their systems – both the CCTV data capture and payment machine, we were delayed in leaving the car park. A free 20 minute stay turned into a £25 charge reluctantly paid so to avoid the £50 fine.
    I like the concept but it becomes a joke when poorly operated and rudely administered. Although you enter into a ‘contract’ when you use these places, all fingers point back to you as the consumer in terms of any issues encountered … and you pay for their mistakes.
    Shame on you any councils or landowners who use this system.

  • Colette Booth

    I find this article to be quite misleading. I have been pursued by Park with Ease who claim I didn’t pay to park at White Moss in the Lake District. I know I paid but because I didn’t receive my letter from Park with Ease until four weeks later I had cleaned out my car and the ticket was gone. I now find myself with a County Court summons and a possible bill of £181.55. I am being advised to pay up as they hold all the cars. This is really bad and not ‘easy’ at all . It has caused me a lot of stress and upset. For their head to claim this is the way forward is, in my view, disingenuous at best. Take a look at people’s experiences on Trip Advisor to get a more rounded article.

  • Colette Booth

    I meant all the cards of course!

  • Hi Colette,

    Sorry to hear you’ve had a bad experience with Park with Ease – it’s something we’ll look into.

    Andrew

  • Ravi Janu

    Exactly the same incident happened with me, I paid, and after few months receive threatening letter demanding £100 and now £183 through Northampton County Court Summons with the threat to ruin my Credit with CCJ against me. Park with Ease(NOT) are using Gladstones Solicitor to Coerce heavy charges for using the park 56 minutes, despite paying them cash in the parking machine, Obviously their machine/system is faulty. i even offered to pay them reason cost e.g £25-35 but they kept sending me unlawful invoices of £100-183 pounds. when i earn only £7 per hour. i found it totally disproportionate amount versus my hourly rate.

  • Ravi Janu

    I find Park with Ease a bully and greedy company, as I paid, and after few months receive threatening letter demanding £100 and now £183 through Northampton County Court Summons with the threat to ruin my Credit with CCJ against me. Park with Ease(NOT) are using Gladstones Solicitor to Coerce heavy charges for using the park 56 minutes, despite paying them cash in the parking machine, Obviously their machine/system is faulty. i even offered to pay them reason cost e.g £25-35 but they kept sending me unlawful invoices of £100-183 pounds. when i earn only £7 per hour. i found it totally disproportionate amount versus my hourly rate.

  • Ravi Janu

    Exactly the same incident happened with me, I paid, and after few months receive threatening letter demanding £100 and now £183 through Northampton County Court Summons with the threat to ruin my Credit with CCJ against me. Park with Ease(NOT) are using Gladstones Solicitor to Coerce heavy charges for using the park 56 minutes, despite paying them cash in the parking machine, Obviously their machine/system is faulty. i even offered to pay them reason cost e.g £25-35 but they kept sending me unlawful invoices of £100-183 pounds. when i earn only £7 per hour. i found it totally disproportionate amount versus my hourly rate.

  • Ravi Janu

    Exactly the same incident happened with me, I paid coin, and after few months receive threatening letter demanding £100 and now £183 through Northampton County Court Summons with the threat to ruin my Credit with CCJ against me. Park with Ease(NOT) are using Gladstones Solicitor to Coerce heavy charges for using the park 56 minutes, despite paying them cash in the parking machine, Obviously their machine/system is faulty. i even offered to pay them reason cost e.g £25-35 but they kept sending me unlawful invoices of £100-183 pounds. when i earn only £7 per hour. i found it totally disproportionate amount versus my hourly rate.

  • Ravi Janu

    Exactly the same incident happened with me, I paid, and after few months receive threatening letter demanding £100 and now £183 through Northampton County Court Summons with the threat to ruin my Credit with CCJ against me. Park with Ease(NOT) are using Gladstones Solicitor to Coerce heavy charges for using the park 56 minutes, despite paying them cash in the parking machine, Obviously their machine/system is faulty. i even offered to pay them reason cost e.g £25-35 but they kept sending me unlawful invoices of £100-183 pounds. when i earn only £7 per hour. i found it totally disproportionate amount versus my hourly rate.

  • Jade

    Park With Unease would be more appropriate….. their payment machines rarely work, and their staff answering enquiries and extremely rude and unreasonable. I paid for parking at one of their car parks and have the receipt to prove it, yet they still refuse to drop the charge. They say I overstayed by 2 minutes, the time it took me to get from the payment machine to my car and drive out of the car park…..very unreasonable. They are supposed to allow people time to leave the car park. See trip advisor and google them to get real consumers views on Park With Ease.