Saturday, 25 February 2017

ParkingEye scam fails. Car parked elsewhere

[Due to some unspecified google error The Prankster had to rewrite this blog]

ParkingEye attempted to scam a driver out of £85 by claiming they were parked in a car park for 18 hours.

The scam only failed when the driver proved they were parked over 15 miles away in a secure car park at work at the time.

In an amusing twist to the tale, the ANPR at the works site misread the registration, interpreting a 'F' as a '6'. Perhaps this gives a clue as to why ParkingEye's system also failed.

Prankster Note

Parking companies like to maintain the fiction that ANPR is an infallible technology, when the reality is that it is anything but.

Not all drivers have a secure car park they can use to prove they were not in a ParkingEye car park. ParkingEye play on this, and sadly have even won court cases where their clever advocates persuaded judges that ANPR technology is infallible. It is of course, not fair or just that drivers then have to pay several hundred pounds for a contravention that never even occurred.

Parking companies use ANPR to save costs of parking wardens. It is not right that they use a minimum cost solution which does not work properly and issues bogus charges. Technological solutions and failsafes do exist, and create a much fairer environment. The Marlborough Hill site in Bristol is one such example - freedom of information requests reveal that the number of charges for overstays are minimal.

Sadly, such technology is rarely used. The Prankster believes this is because it would cut down ParkingEye's income to a point where they would not be financially viable. The Prankster is of the same mind of the Government and believes it is not fair to deliberately run a car park in a way to maximise the chances of issuing a parking charge:

Contracts should not be let on any basis that incentivises additional charges, eg ‘income from parking charge notices only

The Prankster calls for a change to the code of practice to ban the use of ANPR except on sites where a failsafe is in place.

Data Protection

It is likely that the driver, now has a valid data protection claim against ParkingEye. They have used their data in a way which is clearly not fair or lawful, which violates data principle 1.

A valid claim would appear to be in the range £250-£600.

Happy Parking

The Parking Prankster


  1. A nice irony in that the CCTV at his company car park has misread the plate, how wonderful ANPR is!

  2. And when you appeal to POPLA and request that parking eye show proof that parking eye show records, dates and times of when the cameras at the car park were checked, adjusted, calibrated, POPLA take parking eyes word that everything is working fine. and then decline your appeal.

  3. also the NTK was issued out of time for keeper liability

  4. The ANPR used by the police is not infallible. If the databases it relies on are not up-to-date, they ping innocent motorists. Also, you cannot legislate for arsey, malicious and incompetent insurance company staff.

    1. Which of course is completely irrelevant when it comes to private parking, the issue is nothing to do with databases but misreading or missing cars plates.