The use of bailiffs to pursue drivers for unpaid parking fines has risen by 21% in two years in England and Wales, according to a debt charity.
Parking debts were passed from councils to enforcement agents on nearly 1.1 million occasions in 2018-19, analysis by the Money Advice Trust found.
Bailiffs were only called in more frequently by councils to collect unpaid council tax.
Local authorities said they had a duty to collect this money.
Bailiffs cannot force their way into people’s homes, but they can take money on the doorstep, or possessions inside or outside a home to cover the cost of unpaid debts.
The Money Advice Trust, which runs the