“This was one of my former sites I used to cover, being an ex employee of UKPC.
“When they take you on, you are on a KPI scheme. For 20-30 tickets it’s £2 a ticket, 30-40 £3 and so on, however in real world terms, in this car park (Tritton Road) that’s big ticket numbers.
“The push for tickets on this site was unreal, I used to get calls, texts and emails at all hours of the day and night, constantly demanding more, more, more.
“On this site there are two parking spaces which are not actual spaces, even though they are marked up as bays, a lot of tickets were issued in these spaces to get numbers up (and probably still are).
“The end bay outside Staples, another bay between Pets at Home and PC World, were used as (cash cows), no signage to say these were not bays.
“Photos often used to be taken at angles to make it look like people were parked really far out of bays, when they were not.
“As for the time stamp fiasco, CCTV used to be checked first thing in the morning by the car park attendant.
“Let’s say a car entered car park at 9:45 and it was seen on CCTV at 12:00 that time, the warden would change time on camera phone to 9:45 go out and take a picture, then change time again to 12:00, then take a final picture – this was common practice.”The questions which now must be answered by UK Parking Control are how long has this been going on for; is this going on with tacit approval of management; how will affected motorists be identified and compensated?
The Parking Prankster