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COUNCILS REAP BENEFITS OF ILLEGAL PARKING

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The Independent on Sunday (p6) investigated parking fines and claimed that London's drivers paid£120m in fines las...
The Independent on Sunday (p6) investigated parking fines and claimed that London's drivers paid£120m in fines last year. More than 3.5 million were issued in Greater London - one for each car registered in the capital.

Westminster City Council generated£27m revenue in issuing 807,030

tickets, more than a tenth of all parking tickets handed out each year in Britain.

Other councils said to be high parking fine enforcers were said to be Camden, Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham, ealing and Waltham Forest. At the other end of the scale were Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Kingston.

The money is used to improve roads and public transport, and is ring-fenced.

Westminster denied it set parking ticket targets for contractors to maximise revenue, but a spokesman for Hammersmith and Fulham said he was sure that some councils offered incentives to private contractors to issue more tickets. He added: 'Our annual budget is£183m, so while tickets give us a sizeable sum we could make much more if we wanted'.

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