HL Deb 26 October 1998 vol 593 c192WA
Lord Brabazon of Tara

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether, in view of the increasing number of controlled parking zones being introduced in London and elsewhere, they will ensure that registration numbers of vehicles receiving parking tickets and other such notices are checked with the stolen vehicle register. [HL3406]

Lord Whitty

The police and local authorities in England and Wales issue some 5.8 million parking tickets each year. It would not be practical to check each of these vehicles against the stolen vehicle register. However, where a police traffic warden in London considers that a vehicle looks suspicious—from its condition, for example—then the necessary checks can be made. Outside London it is a matter for the relevant police authority and the few local authorities that have taken on decriminalised parking enforcement powers to develop their own policies in this area.