Parking fines rise sharply

#1
Parking fines rise sharply - Telegraph

A shortage of town-centre parking and increased use of CCTV technology to spot illegally parked cars were behind the increase in fines and clamping, according to insurance company Swiftcover.com, which obtained the figures.

The fines generated at least £234 million in revenue for local councils, the company said.

Although it is illegal for local authorities to use parking fines specifically to bolster their coffers, the extra funds have come at a good time for councils as they have had their budgets from central government cut by an average of 7 per cent a year until 2014.
*Tsk* *tsk* our greedy overlords milking the public purse for money again.

Remember chaps, you can always ignore parking tickets from private enforcement companies. The only parking tickets you can't ignore are those from councils or the police.
 
#3
Parking fines rise sharply - Telegraph



*Tsk* *tsk* our greedy overlords milking the public purse for money again.

Remember chaps, you can always ignore parking tickets from private enforcement companies. The only parking tickets you can't ignore are those from councils or the police.
And those of us visiting from the Bundesrepublik with German registered cars will ignore those as well.
 
#7
Alternatively, you could always try parking where it's allowed?
Well that sounds like a reasonable suggestion. Let us consider that proposal for a few milliseconds.

1) The Councils make loads of money from parking fines.

2) The Councils employ armies of warden droids, CCTV operators and camera cars (all of which cost a lot to run) to impose fines on cars infringing the parking regulations.

3) Parking 'where it's allowed'? Now, where is it allowed? Why, formerly at the sides of some roads (where parked cars won't cause a hazard or obstruction) and in car parks (Council & privately owned).

Still with me? OK, good, not far to go now.

4) Who owns the sides of the above mentioned roads? Why, the Councils.

5) Who makes the parking regulations for the above mentioned roads? Why, the Councils.

So, what happens is that the Councils impose parking restrictions on every millimetre of road, there is inadequate 'allowed' parking, and the Councils collect shed loads of dosh from the motorists. The takings in local shops plummet because Mr. & Mrs. Motorist motor to the supermarket car park. High Streets turn to ghost towns. Charity shops, fast food, betting shops, Cash Convertors and other dross move in, industrious purveyors of quality goods and services pack up and piss off.

Sound slightly familiar to anywhere you know? Welcome to Great Britain.
 
#8
Good Lord, Onetap, next you will suggest members of the council have [ahem] an interest [/ahem] in the building of the Supermarket?
 
#11
It does come as a surprise that many users here who I thought were still serving (albeit perhaps close to retirement) are not what I expected!
 
#12
Well that sounds like a reasonable suggestion. Let us consider that proposal for a few milliseconds.

1) The Councils make loads of money from parking fines.

2) The Councils employ armies of warden droids, CCTV operators and camera cars (all of which cost a lot to run) to impose fines on cars infringing the parking regulations.

3) Parking 'where it's allowed'? Now, where is it allowed? Why, formerly at the sides of some roads (where parked cars won't cause a hazard or obstruction) and in car parks (Council & privately owned).

Still with me? OK, good, not far to go now.

4) Who owns the sides of the above mentioned roads? Why, the Councils.

5) Who makes the parking regulations for the above mentioned roads? Why, the Councils.

So, what happens is that the Councils impose parking restrictions on every millimetre of road, there is inadequate 'allowed' parking, and the Councils collect shed loads of dosh from the motorists. The takings in local shops plummet because Mr. & Mrs. Motorist motor to the supermarket car park. High Streets turn to ghost towns. Charity shops, fast food, betting shops, Cash Convertors and other dross move in, industrious purveyors of quality goods and services pack up and piss off.

Sound slightly familiar to anywhere you know? Welcome to Great Britain.

You forgot:

The Council saves loads of money by making new 'just outside town' developments pay for improvements to road systems and other things so that Council will let their developments through the planning stage. What do all these developments have? Free parking as standard because the owners know damn well what attracts people to use their shops and supermarkets. It's a bloody shame the Councils just can't recognise this simple fact. Town centres just about have to die before they come close to getting the message on parking.
 
#13
Our local market town campaigned heavily against a big Waitrose moving in some time back, but actually it seems to have revitalised the place. I can only think of two businesses which closed, one because the owner was a grumpy old bastard with no concept of customer service & one because it was very niche indeed. It seems that people come in to use the Waitrose & then, crucially, visit the other town shops as Waitrose have done the decent thing & not tried to compete too directly with the florists, newsagents & so on.

The town's parking policy is pretty sensible. There are loads of spaces available free for an hour, a goodly number free for two hours & the Waitrose will refund the parking charges from their own car park of anyone spending over a fiver.

There are plans now for a filling station & superstore on the outskirts & that worries me a bit. It will be a lot more convenient to get to from about three points of the compass round town and have completely free parking. If it's allowed to go ahead I really do fear for the town centre again.
 
#14
It does come as a surprise that many users here who I thought were still serving (albeit perhaps close to retirement) are not what I expected!
Biscuits is a crotchety old Victor Meldrew lookalike with bad knees (from kneeling in trenches scraping away at artifacts). He has a wooden leg which of course he doesn't wear but uses it to beat people out of his way as he swerves wildly across the pavements on his mobility scooter knocking everyone down and crushing the feet of the 'too slow'. He is also hard of hearing so he doesn't have to get his round in down at the Legion. And he has his own seat in the corner that's worn down so much it fits his arse like a glove ...and you'd dare not ******* sit there, on pain of death.
 
#15
Can I just say " Cheers Easy" as I have a spaz badge, sorry a badge under the blue badge disability parking scheme and I get three hours on a double yellow line and free parking on most local authority car parks outside the city of Westminster.
So why have double yellow lines if they're nothing more than reserved parking for disabled badge holders? Always thought they indicated areas where parking was unsuitable for safety reasons.
 
#16
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#17
I used to enjoy watching the spiv/footballer-type ********* in Newcastle, who parked wherever they felt like in places like Jesmond getting a ticket. I actually thanked one warden for fining one Audi Chelsea Tractor that was half-outside the bay and across the opening of the alleyway behind it.
 
#19
Our local market town campaigned heavily against a big Waitrose moving in some time back, but actually it seems to have revitalised the place. I can only think of two businesses which closed, one because the owner was a grumpy old bastard with no concept of customer service & one because it was very niche indeed. It seems that people come in to use the Waitrose & then, crucially, visit the other town shops as Waitrose have done the decent thing & not tried to compete too directly with the florists, newsagents & so on.

The town's parking policy is pretty sensible. There are loads of spaces available free for an hour, a goodly number free for two hours & the Waitrose will refund the parking charges from their own car park of anyone spending over a fiver.

There are plans now for a filling station & superstore on the outskirts & that worries me a bit. It will be a lot more convenient to get to from about three points of the compass round town and have completely free parking. If it's allowed to go ahead I really do fear for the town centre again.
Newport? We're hoping the new Sainsburys will keep the yokels out of ours......
 
#20
I parked in a yellow hatched area and had my car ticketed.

However the yellow hatched area was for access to a large Victorian building, at the end of cul-de-sac. This building used to be a Council workshop and had been derelict for over a decade but recently 'caught fire' all by itself. The gate, chained and padlocked long ago, and never opened since has rusty signs on it saying DANGEROUS STRUCTURE-DO NOT ENTER. The gate and the drive are covered in 5ft of weeds and other rubbish. No-one is accessing it at all.

An angry letter, with photos of the site to my councillor, reminding him that he won his seat by 2 votes resulted shortly after in a letter to me from the parking enforcement office, stating that on this occasion, they would cancel the ticket. The day after, council workmen came and burnt off the yellow markings.

I'll bet a pound to a pinch of shit, that before the year is out, that building will be demolished, will be re-developed into lots of little boxy starter homes, and there will be no parking anywhere.
 

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