Reading another thread I noticed that someone had commented that parking fines had recently gone up from Â£60 to Â£120 which brings a question to my mind. Why is it that a criminal court, when issuing a fine, takes into account a person's ability to pay but a parking fine does not? Before everyone starts saying 'if you can afford a car you can afford the fine'. What about the pensioner who is disabled and has leased his car on motability because without it he would be housebound. Can he afford Â£120. Also, before you start saying as a blue badge holder he can park anywhere, that is not true either. Does the defendant have the right to go to court and say, yes, I am guilty but I just can't afford Â£120 and does the court have the right to suspend all or part of that fine or indeed, give him the chance to pay it in instalments?