Drivers fork out £866,000 in parking fines to Wiltshire Council

Drivers fork out £866,000 in parking fines to Wiltshire Council

Published by Local Democracy Reporter Julia Corbett at 6:41am 17th July 2019. (Updated at 8:48am 17th July 2019)

More than 30,000 tickets were issued in 12 months by parking attendants.

That is the equivalent to over £2,300 a day across the county’s local authority run car parks and highways.

The figure is up £100k on 2017, when 24,000 tickets were issued totalling more than £705,000.

Cash from fines is then used by Wiltshire Council to fund public transport and concessionary fares.

Penalty Notice Charges (PCNs) are made when people have parked without a valid ticket, but they are also made when people obstruct entrances to places like schools and use residents’ parking without a permit.

Brown Street car park
30,000 tickets were issued in 12 months by Wiltshire Council's parking attendants

Across the South West, Bristol City Council issued the most fines with 100,518 PCNs making the council £4.8m.

Research carried out by Confused.com found that 74% of people who appeal parking fines are successful.

Oliver Kirby has worked at an appealing centre.

"A great proportion of appeals are successful- if appeals fail they are sent on to someone else where they’re re-evaluated. So a lot of consideration is put through."

Bridget Wayman, cabinet member for highways at Wiltshire Council said:

"We continue to offer free Sunday parking, free park and rides and other free parking initiatives to the local community as part of our overall strategy. While everyone would prefer enforcing parking restriction was not required, if our high streets are to remain accessible, roads unobstructed, school entrances safe and parking is available for residents the enforcement of parking areas plays a vital role."

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