• Feb 17th 2011 at 4:31PM
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We can officially quit our whining over our latest parking ticket. Across The Pond, London authorities have begun putting local drivers' feet to the fire and are raking in record fines as a result. One street even managed to pull down nearly £1 million ($1.6 million at current conversion rates) last year. That's especially shocking considering that the now infamous Clapham Park Road in the borough of Lambeth is less than half a mile long. According to reports, authorities issued an astonishing 16,800 tickets on that street alone, or about 46 citations per day.

The total amount collected from fines on that particular street tallied over £300,000 ($480,000) higher than the road with the next highest level of parking fine revenue.

Some locals believe that the government is using parking fines to make up gaps in their budget as an illegal revenue generator. Multiple complaints to that tune have already been levied from Barnet to Westminster.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Parking ticket fines are a rediculous amount. I understand that there needs to be some sort of consequence for people who park uin the wrong place, but they don't need to be as steep as they are. I picked up a colleague from outside his serviced apartments London in Ealing a couple of days ago, and I got caught on camera and fined £50. There were no clear signs that said I couldn't wait there, and I was there for a maximum of 30 seconds while he got in the car, and I then drove off. Absolutely rediculous!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Police have nothing to do with parking tickets in London - they are outsourced to the individual boroughs who hire vultures/leaches that will wait next to cars to write up tickets the second the pay and display ticket expires (despite most boroughs mandating a 3 minute amnesty), ticketing vehicles immediately who are in 15 minute loading bays etc.

      I've had a warden attempt to ticket my motorbike while in a loading bay actively loading an armful of things from a shop 3 metres away, not having yet parked for 2 minutes. Yelling at the warden would have been pointless as they simply don't give a toss so I didn't even bother as there is a little law in the UK that says you can't be ticketed if you drive/ride away before the ticket is written. Writing a complaint to the borough was pointless as I got a form letter back stating the warden was doing his job which means they didn't even read my complaint.

      Another time I was parked on a Sunday in between a car and a van on a side road for 15 minutes and came back to a ticket because the two spots were the only ones on a road with resident restrictions and when I arrived the sign was obscured between the van and a tree. Despite prolonging the discount period (£60 instead of £120) to nearly 3 months by keeping a continuous flow of correspondence between me and the borough (they cannot increase to full charge while a dispute is going on), and sending photographic evidence of the obscured sign (which I discovered on my return, not understanding why I'd been ticketed), the borough didn't want to know. Their only consideration is what is in the best interest of their purse.

      It would be somewhat easier to stomach if the money collected from parking fines went to some tangible good, yet the roads in London would look in place in bombed out Baghdad. There are holes bad enough to crack alloys and pop off wheel covers and God help you if you hit one on a motorbike, you'd come off the bike and end up in a tree...

      I'm all for people getting ticketed for blatantly parking in inappropriate places but it is astoundingly bad practice when the wardens are abusing their roles (loading zones) and the boroughs are not following their own rules (obscured signage) because they can get away with it.

      The only saving grace is that parking tickets written up by wardens have no points nor do they appear on your driving licence, but that's not a comfort to their gross negligence. It's getting worse and worse evidenced by the constantly increasing news reports on traffic warden attacks.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, didn't know building a street can be so profitable in the long run.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It is London though. Therefore not surprising, they would much prefer you to use public transport and I would rather use public transport when going in to London anyday.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yep I can confirm, those B**tards did me for 40 quid for being 5 minutes over! just before Christmas. Its a racket, there is a traffic warden every 100 yards on some roads in London. I suppose they have to pay for the 2012 Olympics some way!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wow, axio and gman, who pissed in your cheerios?
        • 4 Years Ago
        +1 for gman.

        Don't blame the government because you were late. You could have easily paid for 10 more minutes and not been fined.

        There is a reason why parking meters are installed. And it is not just to make a bunch of money. They are installed in high-traffic areas where lots of people would like to park. Without the meters, people would be free to park there all day long if they wanted. How would you like it if you were a shop owner, and someone who worked in the store next to you always parked right in front of your store, crowding out potential customers because they can't find a parking spot.

        It really is a simple concept. If you park where there is a meter, put in a few extra cents to buy more time than you think you need. Parking is cheap. Tickets aren't.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @GMan's comment - The 'Vote Down' button's on the left! My avatar says the rest! ;)
      • 4 Years Ago
        • 4 Years Ago
        I would have went with "Oh, C*ck".
        • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      England is no longer a free country. To bad its population doesnt realize it. We here in the Staes are following in your footsteps. Im afraid too few here realize whats happening.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Your correct.I know nothing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I don't find this all that upsetting. Yes, it's a great deal of money, but it is a very busy, clearly heavily patrolled street. To me it's more surprising that people didn't figure out that this street is a place where you will absolutely get ticketed if you don't follow the rules. Any local to any city knows the places where you can get away with speeding or not paying the meter and the places where you absolutely must follow the law or will most certainly be fined.

      Unless the individual fines are astronomical or there is evidence that they are fining people who are not breaking the law, I don't really see the problem.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Parking fines a revenue generator?! Get out! Next you'll tell me that speeding tickets are just to make money, not to keep people safer!

      PS: http://www.motorists.org/press/montana-no-speed-limit-safety-paradox
      • 4 Years Ago
      Police must be citing people for parking when they are simply stopped in traffic.

      • 4 Years Ago
      Govt's ever increasing need for money will eventually make it nearly impossible to go anywhere in fear of it's appetite for our money. But then they will fine/tax you for staying put in your house and breathing, since exhaling and farting creates CO2 emissions and "destroys the planet."


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