UK Parking Control Wardens have been caught out altering the time on their smartphones to issue tickets. The story is the second most popular on the BBC web site.
Here is a summary of the story so far
Analysis of the shadow's on Simone's car
Neil - boot up
Matt - two cars in one space at the same time
How Smartphone timestamps can be faked
UK Parking Control admit to the problem
Here is another report suggesting the problem may go back to 2011
Other frauds which UK Parking Control wardens may be perpetrating
Issuing charge when ticket is shown in the windscreen
Other Dodgy Practices UK PC Wardens are reported using
Ticketing vehicles in residential complexes at 3-4am in the morning
Targeting residents in their own spaces
Targeting cancer wards as drivers have other things on their minds (Secrets of The Parking Wardens, Channel 4)
Ghost ticketing (putting a ticket on, photographing it, then removing it) (Secrets of The Parking Wardens, Channel 4)
The fraudulent and sharp practices documented are a direct result of UK PC's business strategy of providing free car park management. This means they must make their money by aggressively ticketing drivers. A previous blog illustrates how this dramatically increases the number of charges issues by comparing two hospital sites.
The Supreme Court is currently deliberating on a matter involving another car parking company, ParkingEye, who also offer parking management for free and who also have been detected using large numbers of dodgy practices. The result is expected in October; we can then expect sanity to return to car park management, or a ticketing free-for-all, depending on the result.
How parking companies tried to manipulate the law to validate their charges
One of the common frauds perpetrated by parking companies is double dipping - charging for one long visit when two were actually made.
Dodgy Practices from Civil Enforcement Limited (CEL)
CEL and sister company DEAL are well known for issuing court claims but not turning up for hearings, relying on scaring people into paying, even though they have no actual case against them. There is currently a criminal case against both companies being held in Aberdeen.
11 DEAL cases stayed in Birmingham
Is Ashley Cohen committing fraud or perjury?
Number of parking court cases filed in 2014
ParkingEye's attempt at gagging The Prankster
ParkingEye v Beavis hoax phone call
How it all started. Highview Parking issue ticket for overstay when in fact two visits were made.
The Parking Prankster