Councils should show where parking fees spent, says RAC

 
Parking warden In London 59% of motorists found high street parking was costing more, according to the RAC

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Councils should show where they are spending revenues from parking charges, according to the RAC motoring group.

Four people in five surveyed by the motoring group said parking charges had increased in towns and cities.

But two thirds of 1,525 people surveyed thought there had been a reduction in available parking near the centre of their town or city, the research found.

The Local Government Association said the report did not reflect "the reality of parking in our communities".

But RAC technical director David Bizley said: "We need transparency. Councils should be compelled to report where the money raised from parking goes - giving drivers assurance that it is being ploughed back into road and transport improvements, rather than just plugging budget holes elsewhere."

Too small

Of the drivers surveyed, 41% "were suspicious about what parking fees are used for", he said.

The poll also found that 65% of motorists reported that even when they finally found a parking space, it was too small for today's breed of cars - many of which are wider than previous generations of vehicle because of the addition of side-impact protection features.

A spokesman for the Local Government Association, said: "This report is not a true reflection of the reality of parking in our communities."

"Councils remain on the side of hard-pressed motorists by keeping a lid on parking charges which are only set to rise with inflation this year.

"On-street parking revenue is spent on paying for parking services. Any surplus is spent on essential transport projects, such as tackling the £12bn roads repair backlog and creating new parking spaces."

Many councils already published annual parking reports, he added.

Communities minister Penny Mordaunt said: "Excessive parking charges and unfair parking fines push up the cost of living and undermine local high streets and shopping parades."

 

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  • rate this
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    Comment number 287.

    Council spending is transparent. They publish all spend above £500.

    People just don't know what they are talking about

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    Comment number 286.

    @276
    springishere was mostly answering someone whose posts have been removed, who, I seem to remember, thought she was a more important person than everyone else because she worked in children's services but who obviously couldn't keep on topic at all.
    @283
    Public transport is inconvenient if you don't live in London, it doesn't go where you want or when you want.

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    Comment number 285.

    Council spending and revenue should be transparent. How is it possible to evaluate one without the other?

  • rate this
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    Comment number 284.

    sadly it doesn't look like this debate is balanced or factual. The reality is central government is slashing funding to local councils by huge sums. What are council expected to do. If people are unhappy why don't they just apply to take over council services under localism act. Council would be very happy to hand them over particularly as budgets are declining.

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    Comment number 283.

    Increase taxation on drivers and use the money to reduce the cost of public transport.. Simples

  • rate this
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    Comment number 282.

    the government give me back any tax I have paid up to £10k the council just takes and takes I hear they even tax the unemployed , its time for an overhaul of our county halls they have got into the take , take , take mindset

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    Comment number 281.

    I've never accepted that councils have any right to charge for parking on the public highway. Those roads were funded by motorists paying their road tax (and that tax's successors). We pay a road fund licence to use the roads, why should we pay twice? I particularly despise the council trick of putting double yellows everywhere to force people to use paid for council car parks.

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    Comment number 280.

    277. Jim
    16 MINUTES AGO
    It's about time all these cosy non-jobs at the Council were abolished. 25% of my council tax goes to pay the pensions of people who have already retired. How can that be right?

    I share your frustration but the same applies to income tax and state pensions. However no need to worry as Ed has a magic money tree.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 279.

    276.Daveoleboy
    4 Minutes ago
    posters like springishere are bashing councils for all sorts of nonsense.
    __

    Wasting our taxes is not exactly nonsense!

    Did you read the comments properly btw!? I was told because I don't work in children's services I'm well below the public workers!

    Public sector is wasteful, over staffed and badly managed by chums on the top it is a FACT lol

  • rate this
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    Comment number 278.

    My wife shopped in Aldi and, despite buying loads, overstayed the 1hr and got a "parking ticket".

    How does a management take on board so much hubris they think it's a good idea to wind up their customers thus? How do they assume the authority (and uber arrogance) to pursue it?

    Mind you, big supermarkets and councils seem to be on the same page as each other anyway, wiping out the high street.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 277.

    It's about time all these cosy non-jobs at the Council were abolished. 25% of my council tax goes to pay the pensions of people who have already retired. How can that be right?

  • rate this
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    Comment number 276.

    The RAC are right councils should account for the parking fines. but how many posters like springishere are bashing councils for all sorts of nonsense.

    Springisheree seems to take great joy and delight at saying how great he is and saying how everyone else isn't as great as he says he is. Baldeeheed you seem to have it about right

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    Comment number 275.

    The RAC is urinating in the wind here.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 274.

    I challenged Tonbridge B C as to were the money was spent as its EU law it can only be spent of Parking etc. I ask for a breakdown of all money collected on fines still waiting 3 months But keep pushing

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    Comment number 273.

    @71, 3rd highest rated, those who use caps lock constantly are usually dyslexic (a different kind of intelligence and not a handicap), and whilst your comment is quite funny, I think it unsavoury to mock others for being different.

    Having said that he makes clamps, so... Bwaaaah ha hah!

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    Comment number 272.

    Councils gave up saving money years ago and now waste it like national government by the bucket load.To think the generation that stopped the pol tax.Stand by whilst the overpaid fat cat windbag bureucrats get even richer.This country needs an anti tax strike until the free loading politicians and quango junkies get real.

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    Comment number 271.

    Depends where you live of course & I'm in a pretty slow part of the UK where enforcement is hit & miss. Circa 17 x 3hr parking charges equate roughly to the cost of 1 promptly paid discounted fine. So depending on the enforcement regime it might be more economical to pay for parking through the fine. As I say it depends where you live as to which is the most economic way to fund your parking.

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    Comment number 270.

    High court case and judgement against the LB Barnet in July 2013. Local Authorities cannot transfer parking surplus to their general funds for other purposes as this is unlawful.
    http://www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=15142:council-changes-mind-on-appealing-high-court-parking-charges-ruling&catid=1:latest-stories

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    Comment number 269.

    264. I drive a car 1.4 Diesel my tax is £20 per year and a government incentive.

    Cyclist is £0.

    Would you want all of those cyclists to get back into their cars and drive to work with our congestion as it is? Be careful for what you wish for!!

  • rate this
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    Comment number 268.

    Each year a Council’s accounts are audited and any person interested has the opportunity to inspect and make copies of the accounts and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers and receipts relating to them.

    The inspection period is usually around this time of year and members of the public can then question the council's external auditors.

    Corrupt? Secretive? Hmmmm .....

 

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