Councils earn £511 million from parking
|July 23, 2012||Posted by admin under Parking News, Travel News|
Current legislation allows councils to charge motorists up to £130 in London and £70 outside the capital.
In addition to income from fixed penalty notices, councils in London earn £4.80 an hour from motorists parking near Oxford Street and other popular central London locations. Outside London, motorists can expect to pay as much as £3.50 in popular tourist locations like Brighton.
Last year, Mike Penning the road safety minister, warned councils to stop treating motorists as an easy revenue earner. Councils are supposed to use their powers to improve traffic and prevent jams by controlling parking on their streets.
Councils are prohibited by law to use income from parking to improve their balance sheets. However, some councils allocate the revenue raised from parking for other transport projects.
Councils made a surplus of £511.6 million from fines last year. That was nearly a 5% increase on the previous year in 2010-11 of £489.4million, according to an analysis of local authority accounts made by the RAC foundation.
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