New parking app pays users to spy on bad parkers

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A new mobile phone app lets anyone claim £10 for successfully identifying motorists who've parked illegally.

The controversial app from UK Car Park Management (CPM) allows people to upload photos of cars parked where they shouldn't be. CPM then uses a DVLA database to issue the driver with a £60 fine, which rises to £100 if not paid within 14 days.

Once the offending driver has paid up, the person who reported them gets their cut.

The company oversees parking for companies such as Tesco, Halfords and the NHS, but says that its main goal is to give people the power to report drivers who park on private land. Landowners can ask the company to send signs that warns drivers they could be fined.

RAC spokesman Simon Williams told The Mirror that the app 'beggars belief'.

He 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."

CPM boss James Randall, 32, told The Mirror: "The problem is not with the app but with drivers that do not respect people's 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."