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Bexley Council cash in on motoring offences - to the tune of £1.6million

PUBLISHED: 12:02 01 August 2013 | UPDATED: 10:12 06 August 2013

Parking charges provided a surplus of more than £1.6million from parking charges in the financial year 2011/12.

While this made it one of the lowest London councils, it was still in the top 25 per cent nationally in terms of profitability.

The figures were released by the RAC Foundation, who criticised London councils for using parking charges as ‘a bunsen burner nice little earner.’

Nationwide councils made a surplus of £565million.

The organisation’s director, Professor Stephen Glaister, said: “The bottom line is that hundreds of millions of pounds are being contributed annually to council coffers through parking charges.”

Bexley’s figure increased from just over £1.25million in 2010/11 to £1.62million the following year.

A Bexley Council spokesperson said: “Bexley is not a punitive borough in terms of the number of tickets issued. Last year Bexley was the fourth lowest out of all 33 London boroughs for issuing tickets.

“The provision of parking services is complex, costly and resource intensive.

“Only through fair but robust enforcement practices, and effective and efficient services, can the main aims of the borough - keeping traffic flowing and maintaining public safety on the highway - be achieved through issuing penalty charge notices to motorists who park illegally.”

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