Apps

Would you earn cash as a ‘citizen’ traffic warden?

By Kitty Knowles 3 February 2017
Summary

A new parking app lets you claim £10 per poorly parked car.

Dishing out fines for a living doesn’t exactly make you popular.

But would a little easy cash be enough to tempt you to play traffic warden?

The next time you spot a car parked incorrectly, it may be possible for you to dob the driver in yourself.

Will you go to the dark side?

Today there are lots of business owners who are fed up with unruly drivers taking the biscuit: a pub landlord doesn’t gain anything from Joe Bloggs dumping on his land, and homeowners don’t benefit from piss-takers pulling up across their driveways.

Now though, any land or business owner (or employee) can apply to UK Car Park Management (CPM) to start dishing out their own parking charges, with individuals earning a £10 a pop for each vehicle snapped parked poorly.

All a ‘citizen’ traffic warden has to do is take and upload a picture of the parked car to the app, along with its registration number. This will see offenders sent a letter demanding £60, which rises to £100 after 14 days without payment.

Get off my land!

CPM boasts a wide portfolio of clients including Halfords, Tesco, Virgin Atlantic, Aviva and a host of Britain’s biggest house building companies, estate and letting agents.

We can see why a McDonalds staffer might enjoy the rush of booking a bad customer blocking their drive-through, but it’s not all great news.

We doubt, for example, if the same self-righteous feelings would flow when a staff member is encouraged to report skewed parking outside an NHS hospital car park (also owned by CPM).

Car park fat cats

It’s also easy to forget that the £10 reward is just part of a fine, which will largely go into CPM’s company coffers, and such parking companies already make vast sums out of relatively minor misdemeanors (through their own private wardens).

“Any old joe public can’t use this app. You have to be the freeholder or an agent on behalf of the freeholder,” said CPM boss James Randall.

“The problem is not with the app but with drivers that do not respect people’s land […] Now you can take action yourself.”

Stepping into the shoes of a parking warden won’t make you popular, but it could better you business and make you cash along the way.

The real winner here though, will be CPM.