Mobile users can now earn money for reporting bad parking thanks to the new app
Drivers have been warned to watch how they park following the launch of a new app that could land them with a major fine.
Parking company UK Car Park Management (CPM), which runs parking facilities for customers including McDonalds, Tesco, and the NHS, has waged war on illegal parkers.
The i-Ticket app is even able to print out parking tickets that could land offenders with a fine of up to £100 – and users will even be rewarded for any cases they spot.
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The app is targeted mainly at small businesses that are troubled by non-customers filling up their parking spaces, but cannot afford to employ their own traffic wardens or detection services.
Once the user creates an account, CPM sends the user signs which they can put up around their parking spaces.
If an intruding vehicle then parks there without permission, the user can take a photo using the device with the app installed and upload it.
They'll also need to add in other details on the vehicle, such as its licence plate number.
This information will then be run through the DVLA computers, with CPM then sending out a ticket to the offending vehicle.
The app can be downloaded now, and will automatically print out tickets
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The tickets carry an initial fine of £60, which will rise to £100 if not paid within two weeks of receiving it.
Users will then receive £10 for every paid ticket CPM processes.
The company describes the service as offering "complete confidentiality” as the ticket does not name the user or business, just CPM itself.
However the app has been criticised by motoring groups.
An RAC spokesperson said that the app was a “recipe for disaster”, telling The Mirror that it was, “wrong on so many levels it beggars belief.”
“This will cause total chaos by undermining trust still further and may even lead to public order offences between drivers and members of the public looking to earn a quick £10.”