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    Increase to Parking Fines

    BBC News - Councils lobby government to raise parking fines

    Some councils in England and Wales have been lobbying the government for the right to increase the amount they can charge motorists in parking fines, the BBC has learned.

    The British Parking Association is also calling for an increase, saying current levels are not enough of a deterrent.


    I had the misfortune to have my car towed away during the week. It was in a restricted parking area, however it was not blocking access, causing emergency vehicles any problems or parked dangerously.

    The fine?? £180 (£30 parking ticket and £150 for the privilege of being towed) which also would have increased daily by £20, had I had to delay collecting it.

    To say I was gutted was an understatement. I have spent the days since this absolutely paranoid about where I park, to the point of being neurotic.

    IMO, this was a huge amount of money......can't see that it needs to be any higher 'as a deterrent'.

    Convenient excuse for what I personally see as sheer greed.

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    £120 parking fines!

    Parking tickets could rise to £120, as councils in England and Wales lobby the government for the right to increase the amount they charge in fees.

    A BBC investigation has revealed some local authorities want to bring their fines in line with London, where the highest levy for non-payment offences is £120. Penalties outside the capital can only reach a maximum of £70.

    While car parking charges are controlled by individual councils, outside London the amount they can charge in penalties for drivers who break the rules is set by government.

    In towns outside London parking charges have risen but fines have been static for nearly a decade.

    The British Parking Association (BPA) has backed the calls, and claimed there needs to be a greater difference between the amount it costs to park a car all day and the total amount a motorist can be fined. The Association says current fines are not enough of a deterrent.

    Transport Minister Norman Baker said: “I think motorists will worry that this is perhaps a covert attempt to raise money from them unfairly. That’s not the Department for Transport’s objective in any shape or form.”

    It has not been revealed which councils have applied for the increase in penalty charges.

    Tony Travers from the London School of Economics told the BBC how councils have been encouraged by the government and the audit commission to push up their charges. “They can’t raise income from parking precisely in order to subsidise other services,” he said. “But they are allowed to put up their charges if for example traffic levels are increasing.

    “They will undoubtedly make decisions that maximise revenue at a time when other sources of income are falling away.

    “The idea of councils looking for completely new ways of delivering services and of charging for them hasn’t gone away because of course what these councils have to do is to deliver central government’s cuts locally and they’re trying to minimise the consequences of doing that.”

    Lobbyist Gavin Devine echoed this on his Twitter account. “Furore over council parking fines story is ridiculous,” he said. “What exactly do people think will happen when council budgets are cut?”

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    Re: Increase to Parking Fines

    I was only talking to a guy the other day who was some sort of Parking ticket Avenger.He had had a bad experiance with a ticket some time ago and has made it his mission in life to get people off their tickets. He has also wriiten books on the subject,his best seller being "A couriers guide to parking " A complete loony tune of course but he made some interesting points including the fact that most tickets are not issued legally and he had a 90% or there abouts sucess rate of getting tickets cancelled.

    Just to say getting a parking ticket does not have to be the end of the matter,you should always appeal

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    Re: Increase to Parking Fines

    Quote Originally Posted by Streetwalker View Post
    I was only talking to a guy the other day who was some sort of Parking ticket Avenger.He had had a bad experiance with a ticket some time ago and has made it his mission in life to get people off their tickets. He has also wriiten books on the subject,his best seller being "A couriers guide to parking " A complete loony tune of course but he made some interesting points including the fact that most tickets are not issued legally and he had a 90% or there abouts sucess rate of getting tickets cancelled.

    Just to say getting a parking ticket does not have to be the end of the matter,you should always appeal
    We did have a forum member a while back who had got a website dedicated to traffic offences including parking fines; when I get back home and have access to my PC I'll see if I can find it and post the URL.

    But I absolutely agree with Streetwalker that if you get a ticket you should appeal with the help of one of several organisations dedicated to doing this!! I've had three parking tickets over the last couple of years and have won my appeal against all of them, basically because the road markings themselves didn't conform to the required standard - the paint was either too worn or there were no terminator bars at the ends. What annoys me more than anything though is that the local authority concerned know this full well, yet rather than spending the money to have the lines repainted, they just waste it on trying to prosecute people, quite a number of whom I know have also successfully appealed and had costs awarded. To my certain knowledge the council have already wasted more on legal fees than it would have cost them to reapply the yellow lines...... where does this stupidity come from, and when will it end?
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