24 7 Parking Expose Local Government Parking Fine Quotas

London, United Kingdom (PressExposure) October 24, 2009 -- 24 7 Parking, experts in finding accessible parking in London, draw their client’s 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 Transport’s guidance to local authorities is clear: “Parking charges are a tool to manage demand for road use and should not be used as a revenue raising measure.” 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 ‘expect’ a certain number of tickets to be issued, it is fair to assume that the practice is widespread. Lewisham’s 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.

“Parking can be costly enough without being hit with an unexpected parking fine,” says Nick Mordin of 24 7 Parking. “Getting your car off the streets out of harm’s way, especially with ticket happy wardens on the prowl, is surely attractive - visit 24 7 Parking to find your perfect parking solution in London.”

Find out more about 24 7 Parking and their services at http://www.247parking.com/ or call 0207 183 7247 for a quote.

About 24 7 Parking Limited

Established in 2002, 24 7 Parking are experts in finding car parking in London and across the UK. Whether clients are looking for a months’ parking or a years’ parking, 24 7 Parking will find the most convenient and cost effective options.

Nick Mordin
24 7 Parking Limited
309 Linen Hall
162-168 Regent Street
London, W1B 5TD
020 7183 7247

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Press Release Submitted On: October 24, 2009 at 4:22 am
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