Friday, June 23, 2006

Parking fines: A light at the end of the tunnel?

On Thursday, the House of Commons Transport Select Committee reported that parking policy was a mess. We read this on the journey home from Westminster to North Greenwich and we wondered what significance it might have for Greenwich. We then discovered that Eltham MP, Clive Efford is on this committee and so endorsed the report.

We also endorse the general findings of that report. The parking control system has indeed failed, and Greenwich is no exception. We wonder how strongly one of the Borough's MPs will push the conclusion on the council. Especially given the Council's income from parking fines is in excess of £2.5m a year.


Blogger Inspector Sands said...

But surely local councils shouldn't be in charge of parking fines anyhow? Let Ken do 'em instead.

1:53 am  
Blogger said...

Are you sure inspector? That would mean the GLA would have to do work.

7:52 am  
Anonymous Paul Webbewood said...

£250 million?

I don't have the official figures top hand, but according to Friday's Standard, Greenwich made £7.2 million in 2004-05 from parking fines, tow away penalties and car park fees. (London total £518 million, Westminster top at £131 million).

I think that each Borough should be allowed to determine its own regime rather than have a pan-London "one size fits all" approach imposed.

I'm still sore from having my car towed to the pound when it was parkled harmlessly on a single yellow line outside Mycenae House at about 8pm one vening duruimg the operation of the draconian Millennium Parking Zone in 2000.

So much to do, so little time.

12:11 pm  
Blogger Inspector Sands said...

Transport for London could do it. (Even if they did outsource it to Crapita. Okay, scrap the idea...)

12:40 pm  
Blogger said...

Oh dear, editorial error. That should have said £2.5m. Rest assured the author has been fired and has taken up a new post at the Guardian

7:30 pm  
Anonymous nairobi said...

Parking fines are good! It means lower council tax for those of us who don't park illegally... Greenwich should be asked to explain why it can't bring in more than £2.5m.

3:33 pm  

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