More than three in five motorists want a further government crackdown on car parking firms، a survey has found.
In total، 46 per cent of all motorists have received a parking ticket، with 24 per cent having been hit by a private firm and 22 per cent by a council issued charge، the Go Compare data claims.
Those parking in London and the South East are the most likely to have received a ticket in the past، the data from the comparison website shows. Furthermore، 43 per cent believe private parking firms use too much intimidation to force drivers into paying unfair charges.
The survey found 15 per cent had received threatening letters from solicitors when refusing to pay a penalty charge and seven per cent had received phone calls from debt collectors.
The findings appear to highlight public backing for both This is Money's campaign against private parking sharks، and potentially for the Government's new Parking (Code of Practice) Act – which became law on 15 March.