Local Authorities in London have been accused of ripping off motorists , which comes off the back of recent news about the Government wanting greater leniency to be shown.
The UK’s richest parking authority, Westminster, issued 449,139 tickets,compared to 456,000 last year.
“High Streets minister Penny Mordaunt said:”These new figures show how drivers across London are being routinely ripped off, and parking charges and fines have become a cash machine for councils, particularly due to the industrial use of CCTV spy cars.
“Such unfair practices are harming local shops and have just driven people to shop on the internet or in out-of-town shopping centres. This is why the Government is taking action to clamp down on these parking stealth taxes,and is standing up for local shoppers and high streets.”
There were 3,087,186 tickets for high-level offences such as parking on double yellow lines, stopping at a bus stop or pedestrian crossings or double parking.
Lesser offences such as overstaying time on a parking meter or not parking within markings of a bay fell to 992,516 tickets.
Paul Pearson, of penaltychargenotice.co.uk, said: “The Government has put a lot of pressure on councils to act reasonably over the last year with some ministers saying that councils are abusing their powers. The Mary Portas report highlighted how parking enforcement and charges harm high streets.”
A spokesman for London councils said: “London’s councils are acting reasonably in enforcing the law. Effective parking and traffic enforcement is essential in protecting the safety of pedestrians and other road users, as wellas reducing congestion and pollution.”
via Evening Standard