London, United Kingdom (PressExposure) October 24, 2009 -- 24 7 Parking, experts in finding accessible parking in London, draw their clientâs attention to local government parking fine quotas.
Consumer watchdog Which? Magazine recently launched an investigation into claims that local authorities set targets for their Parking Officers as a revenue increasing measure.
The Department of Transportâs guidance to local authorities is clear: âParking charges are a tool to manage demand for road use and should not be used as a revenue raising measure.â It seems however that local councils disregard this - and unsuspecting drivers are bearing the cost.
While only six of the 95 local authorities questioned by Which? admitted they âexpectâ a certain number of tickets to be issued, it is fair to assume that the practice is widespread. Lewishamâs quota for example, is a huge 78,400 fixed penalties per annum. Two-thirds of councils are also breaking the rules by not allowing the 50% prompt payment discount if a motorist loses an appeal against a parking ticket, causing more drivers just to pay up straight away.
Which? also found that in typical urban car parks, warning signs were often obscured, gave poor information or were illegible, leaving drivers unsure of their rights and open to clamping and fines.
In light of its findings, Which? has called for appropriate regulation of the parking industry including a standardised code of practice for private parking firms and an independent appeal process.
âParking can be costly enough without being hit with an unexpected parking fine,â says Nick Mordin of 24 7 Parking. âGetting your car off the streets out of harmâs way, especially with ticket happy wardens on the prowl, is surely attractive - visit 24 7 Parking to find your perfect parking solution in London.â
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