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Southend Council rakes in £3million in parking fines in five years
6:10pm Friday 15th February 2013 in Echo News
SOUTHEND council raked in more than £3million in parking fines from drivers over the past five years, it has been revealed.
Figures released to the Echo following a Freedom of Information request show that drivers forked out £3.2m in fines between 2007 and 2012 – but transport bosses insist the cash goes back into keeping the borough well policed for motorists flouting the law.
Over the same period, the authority collected £22.2m from drivers paying at the borough’s dozens of car parks and pays and display machines.
Mehmet Mazhar, the council’s group manager for highways and traffic management, said: “Civil Parking Enforcement is one of the ways in which we deliver our wider transport strategies and objectives.
“It ensures that motorists increasingly comply with parking restrictions, and cannot be viewed in isolation as a means of raising revenue.
“However, any revenue generated from penalty charges, permit and ticket fees is used to offset the costs of providing an effective parking management service for the benefit of the wider community of Southend. “