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Bexley Council rakes in nearly £1 million from parking fines

PUBLISHED: 13:01 14 December 2011

Peter Craske

Peter Craske

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Bexley council raked in nearly £1 million from parking fines last financial year.

The £842,000 raised from 54,031 parking tickets handed out from April 1 last year to March 31 this year, was revealed in the council’s Annual Traffic and Parking Services Report.

Most of the fines - 9, 953 - were for parking on a footway, 8,797 were for parking on a single or double yellow line during restricted hours and 7,148 were for stopping at a restricted bus stop.

At 60 per cent, Bexley has the second largest car ownership per household in the capital and according to the London Travel demand survey, 27 per cent of Bexley households have two or more cars, with 24 per cent of residents not having access to a car at all.

Cllr Peter Craske, Cabinet Member for Public Realm and Community Safety, said: “The number of parking tickets issued in Bexley has fallen for the fourth year in a row. A comparison with other London boroughs shows that Bexley, which issued 54,031 parking tickets, had in fact issued the fourth lowest number of tickets in London.

“By comparison, Camden issued over 350,000 tickets and Newham issued over 212,000.

“Many of the parking restrictions have been introduced in response to requests from residents. In 2010/11 over 60 requests were made for new parking restrictions, so this is a service that responds to the demands of residents.”

Out of the 11,629 tickets disputed with the council, only 6,459 were cancelled including for people the council could not trace. A spokesman for the council said they do not have figures for how many were cancelled solely because they were disputed.

Out of the 11,629 appeals rejected by the council, 194 were then taken to appeal with Parking and Traffic Appeals Service and won. A further 428 appeals were refused by PATAS.

The report was published on November 25.

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