Company Car Today

The number of company car and van drivers receiving fines for parking on private land increased by 16% in the first half of 2017, according to Lex Autolease.

The UK’s largest leasing company sourced the data from its 378,000-strong leased fleet, which revealed that drivers penalised for motoring offences as a whole increased by 9% between January and June, compared to the same period in 2016.

It added that the number of drivers fined for parking illegally by councils increased by just 4% over the same period.

Though fines for parking illegally in public areas – known as penalty charge notices (PCNs) – are legally enforceable, generally, the same is not true for parking tickets issued on private land.

Such tickets are often designed to be similar in appearance to official equivalents. They are often issued in near-identical plastic, yellow packaging and frequently bear the name ‘Parking Charge Notice’.

Lex claimed businesses shelled out £5.67 million in fine payments during the same period and that the average cost per driver increased by 13% year-on-year.

It added that the number of drivers fined for offences such as breaking the speed limit or using a mobile phone while driving was up 2%, and that company drivers committed a total of 102,397 offences in the first six months of 2017, compared with 81,994 recorded in the first half of 2016.

Figures for the growth in number and value of offences have been adjusted in line with the 14.5% growth in the company’s fleet.

“It’s clear from the findings that businesses will be feeling the effects of the fines and penalties that drivers are increasingly racking up,” said Guy Mason, operations director at Lex Autolease.

“While there are issues with poor signage in some private car parks, businesses would benefit significantly from a greater focus on driver awareness and education to change behaviour. Putting in place mandatory training schemes for employees may also help.”