Third ban for company

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It has emerged that Excel Parking, currently serving a minimum three-month ban on obtaining drivers’ details from the DVLA, has been suspended twice before.

The Sheffield parking company is unable to issue ‘fines’ from camera-controlled car parks after the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency ruled its signs breached a code of practice.

The ban, which ends tomorrow, is its third. Excel was also suspended for three months in 2007 and again in 2009 for ‘non-compliance’.

Campaigner Nev Metson, a retired police officer, said: “How much leeway is the DVLA prepared to give before taking meaningful action?”

A DVLA spokesman said they could not enter into specific details about parking companies. But no further action against Excel was intended.

Many people believe Excel’s £60 parking ‘fines’ are unenforceable in law and the private parking industry relies on motorists coughing up without question.