Half-a-billion-pound park fine profit ‘taxing businesses too’, blast FTA

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PROFIT: Councils raking in big fine fees

Businesses as well as motorists are being stung by half-a-billion-pound parking fine profits, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) have insisted.

Recent data released by the RAC Foundation showed councils in England generated a record £594million surplus through Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) in 2012/13.

The FTA insist that, as well as private motorists, delivery companies attempting to supply vital goods to towns and cities are being hit.

Christopher Snelling, Head of Urban Logistics at the FTA, said: “This isn’t just about parking – it also comes from loading and unloading.

“Many of our members are incorrectly fined as authorities are too eager to judge that they are parked when in fact they are in the legitimate process of delivering to local businesses.

“Many fines are also issued incorrectly when we had every right to be delivering in that location.

“These fines amount to a stealth tax on local businesses in these areas.”

The FTA’s own PCN Survey 2012 revealed a 50% leap in the number of fines being issued in London.

It also recorded a rise in delivery costs which was directly related to the increase in the number of PCNs issued on the capital’s roads.

Furthermore, UK parking fine profits for 2013/14 are expected to be even higher: budgets submitted to the government by councils suggest figures could reach £632million.

“Authorities should not use the money made to support their general revenue as this gives them a perverse incentive not to help companies be able to deliver successfully,” added Mr Snelling.

“Instead the money should be channelled into improving loading space and parking availability and to improving the quality of enforcement, so that haulage companies are helped to make deliveries safe and efficient, to benefit the local economy.”

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3 Comments

  1. Another PCN “scam” is to offer **mins free but then in the small print you must take a ticket to justify this I’ve fell foul of this type of action and then had appeals rejected. I had parked at a rail station at 11.20PM for a collection at 11.25pm (the last train) and recc’d a PCN on appeal the company stated their R/R clearly state that a ticket was not in the car therefore the charge was upheld. No recourse available.

  2. I agree the money gained by the councils should be channelled into making improvements rather than considered to be part of the LA’s general income.

    I deal with many parking fines per week for the company I work for – our drivers get stung for making deliveries. Appeal, appeal and appeal again – 9/10 are eventually quashed.