This post was first published Croydon Advertiser on 06/06/2017.
You won’t believe how much money Croydon Council makes from parking fines
A recent study has revealed that Croydon Council raked in an astonishing £33.9 million from parking fines, parking permits and pay and display machines over a three-year period.
Car lease company UK Carline has analysed the number of parking fines issued by 17 councils across the United Kingdom from the start of January 2014 to the end of December 2016.
Its figures claim to show that over that three-year period Croydon Council issued 339,121 parking fines – which raked in an eye-watering £33,912,100.
This works out at an average of £942,000 a month.
However, Croydon Council disputes the figure and says that it only received £19 million from parking fines.
It says the rest of the money came from parking permits and pay and display machines.
Responding to the survey, a spokesman for Croydon Council said: “As one of London’s largest boroughs we issue a proportionate number of penalty charge notices to drivers who do not comply with parking legislation.
“There is a clear process drivers can follow if they feel they want to make a representation against a notice, each of which is reviewed on its own merits by fully trained staff.
“This means, once the PCN [penalty charge notice] has been issued, customers have a legal process to follow, which can include taking cases to an independent adjudicator.
“Any surplus funds the borough’s contribution towards Freedom Passes. This provides free travel for older and disabled Londoners on almost all public transport across the capital.”
Out of the councils surveyed by UK Carline, only Brent Council, in north London, issued more fines – 537,128 in total. Its income was stated as £53,712,800 over the same period but it isn’t clear whether this was just from parking fines, or also from parking permits and pay and display machines.
Next on the list for income was Bristol City Council which issued 267,913 fines and made £26,791,300.
Ealing Council, in west London, came fourth in the study after £23,673,300 was made from 236,733 fines.
Newcastle City Council was ranked in fifth place, making £22,165,900 from 221,659 fines.
The study also found that Saturday was the day when Croydon’s motorists were most likely to receive a parking fine.
Reacting to the survey UK Carline manager Jonathan Nolan said: “We were astounded at the amount of fines British motorists have received in the last three years.
“We felt especially bad for anyone caught out with one of the 86,427 tickets issued in October last year – the highest number in the last three years.
“While we know that many of these fines are justified, drivers can occasionally be unfairly issued with tickets.
“Fortunately, if you are one of the two million drivers hit with a ticket over the past three years, there are ways of appealing, and it doesn’t necessarily take too much time or effort.
“It’s well worth taking a look at the ways you can appeal – it could save you a lot of money and hassle.”
Britain’s parking fine hot-spots
|Council||Number of fines||Income||Day when most fines are issued|
|Bristol City Council||267,913||£26,791,300||Tuesday|
|Newcastle City Council||221,659||£22,165,900||Saturday|
|Sheffield City Council||155,552||£15,555,200||Tuesday|
|Leicester City Council||147,358||£14,735,800||Saturday|
|Bradford City Council||141,692||£14,169,200||Tuesday|
|Plymouth City Council||121,429||£12,142,900||Tuesday|
*The table shows the 10 councils with the highest incomes from parking fines from the start of 2014 to the end of 2016, out of the 17 councils surveyed. Croydon Council says its income does not just include parking fines but also income from parking permits and pay and display machines.