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The UK Car Park Management (CPM) app gives people the opportunity to take a picture of the car and its number plate, send it to the company, then collect the fee.
The app, which claims to be the "premier parking control management company in the UK", pays to access DVLA data to track the driver and send them letters asking for the money.
The app is designed to be used by small businesses who cannot afford to patrol their own car parks and need to ensure cars are not parked around town centres.
It allows people to protect their land and parking spaces.
The company claims it will empower people with off-road parking
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Once a driver has been tracked down, they receive letters demanding £60, increasing to £100 after 14 days.
The company claims it will empower people who own off-road parking, which is not regulated but the police or the council to stop parking in their spaces.
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Boss of the app, James Randall, said: “The problem is not with the app but with the drivers that do not respect peoples land.
“The photo uploaded to the app is just the evidence and every one is looked at by a member of staff before a ticket is printed.”
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The company claims the service is “completely confidential” and says it offers “complete privacy”.
The company claims to be confidential
The website says: "Our parking ticket and signs have no reference to yourself, all correspondence are designed to make the motorist believe they have caught by a CPM patrol warden."
However, an RAC spokesman, Simon Williams, has said: “The sharp practices of parking companies are already regularly called into question with paid officials dishing out fines, but with members of the public being financially encouraged to shop motorists who overstay, it's a recipe for disaster.”
The app is available for free on Google Play and the App Store.
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