£2m ticket revenue is ‘rubbish’

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Reports that Lincolnshire County Council made over £2million from parking tickets in 2013 is “complete and utter rubbish” according to the council’s parking services manager.

A report by car insurer Churchill claimed 35,275 parking tickets issued by the council last year bought in £2,196,590 in fines, the second highest outside of London.

Mick Phoenix, parking services manager at the council, said: “This is complete and utter rubbish, and I feel that the company who has put these figures together has been disingenuous.”

One hundred and 87 councils responded to a freedom of information request by Churchill, revealing 7.8 million penalty charge notices were left on windscreens in 2013, generating £255 million revenue.

Mr Phoenix said: “Our financial information for last year is still being collated but around one million pounds was generated in total – less than half the amount Churchill’s Insurance is reporting. Of the amount raised over 90% has been spent on providing services, leaving a small surplus leftover.”

The most expensive parking in Spalding is at Market Place and Broad Street costing £1.60 for an hour, while an all-day ticket at Victoria Street pay and display costs just £1.50.

Fines are issued at either £70 or £50 but are halved when paid within 14 days.

Mr Phoenix said: “The only reason we issue parking tickets is to prevent incidences of illegal parking, and any surplus that is generated from fines is invested back into local transport projects.”