Councils all over England made over £411 million pounds in 2012, up £53 million from the year before according to government statistics.
And which councils do you think made the most? Yes you’re right, it’s all the London councils.
Westminster alone raked in £38 million, an 8.7% increase from 2011, while Kensington and Chelsea saw a 31% increase, rising to £27.5 million in 2012. I don’t even understand why we pay taxes in this country, they’re making it off all us drivers!
Outside London, Brighton and Hove council made the most, collecting £13.7 million in 2012. Newcastle upon Tyne’s income from parking tickets doubled from 2011 as they made a cool £6.2 million. See, these councils are racked up and racked out!
With so much money being made just from parking tickets a spokesman from the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM) said
Councils are making record-breaking profits from parking, while cutting road safety spending on life-saving services such as, education for young drivers, cycle training, and safe routes to schools schemes
The Local Government Association (LGA) responded to the IAM’s criticism with a spokesman saying,
Councils spend billions of pounds a year on transport services and are currently facing general budget cuts of up to 33 per cent and a £442 million reduction in their Highways Maintenance Budget, this means they have far less to spend on roads and transport initiatives. Surpluses from parking revenue help lessen the effect of these cuts as they must be spent on transport services
But at the end of the day, all the income from parking tickets should be used the right way, just like the spokesperson from IAM said, they should be used to educate young drivers, cyclists and to implement safe routes to schools.