New research has found that the number of parking tickets issued by private parking firms reached record levels last year.

Car park management firms in Britain issued 5.65m tickets last year which is a year-on-year increase of nearly 20%, according to the RAC Foundation’s analysis of government driver data.

The organisation has also pointed out that the numbers are far above levels of a decade ago.

The number of tickets issued in 2017-18 rose from the 4.71m in the previous period and only a decade ago there were just 499,000 tickets issued.

According to the report, 5.65 million vehicle records were bought by parking management firms from the DVLA in the past financial year. These details, costing £2.50 each, were then used to track down vehicle owners for alleged infringements in private car parks.

Motorists can face charges of up to £100 for things such as overstaying, the report said.

The government has backed a bill to introduce a new code of practice for the private parking industry.

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