'The number of driver details being sold to private car park firms has soared in past decade, figures show as shoppers are warned to be "very wary".
The Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) sold 1.4 million vehicle-keeper records to the firms in just three months this year, almost 13 times more than the 112,000 issued in the same period a decade ago.
The DVLA charges £2.50 per record, suggesting the agency could earn more than £15 million from the process during the current financial year.
The figures are revealed as motoring groups warn that private car parking companies are gearing up for a "Christmas bonanza".
RAC Foundation director Steve Gooding said: "We all like to think we will bag a bargain at this time of year, but our festive shopping could come at a very high price.
"Private parking firms are already issuing tickets at an unprecedented rate and if history is anything to go by they will be breaking yet more records in the weeks ahead.'
Read more: Shoppers told to be 'wary' as millions of driver details are sold to private car parks
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