This post on pepipoo tells the story of a motorist who parked on the public highway but got a parking charge from UKCPS.
Only councils and the police can issue parking charges on the public highway and Newcastle Council confirmed that UKCPS were not acting as their agents.
Google street view shows no signs giving UKCPS or any other agency any interest in parking enforcement, although the pictures are dated September 2012.
This therefore appears to be criminal activity and the fraudulent issuing of tickets with no basis, knowing that a large percentage of motorists will just pay up.
The Parking Prankster understands that the motorist has complained both to the DVLA and the BPA Ltd. The Prankster will be watching the outcome keenly. According to the BPA Ltd, issuing tickets on land where you have no contract in place with the landowner is punishable by up to 10 sanction points and a possible ban. The DVLA has similar powers to ban rogue operators from accessing the DVLA database.
The Prankster is keen to see whether the BPA Ltd take this seriously and require a full investigation resulting in all wrongly issued tickets in the location to be refunded, plus a random audit of other tickets to see if the problem is widespread within UKCPS. IPC Ltd, the new rivals to the BPA Ltd, do take this kind of thing seriously, auditing 20-50 parking charges a year per AOS member.
No doubt the Prankster will be spurred into immediate action regarding this at some time in the future as events materialise.
The Parking Prankster