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Council rakes in £500,000 in fines

SOLIHULL Council raked in more than £500,000 in parking fines last year.

SOLIHULL Council raked in more than £500,000 in parking fines last year.

Latest figures from the Taxpayers’ Alliance show that the local authority collected £549,286, for the year 2008/09.

This amounts to a little under £4 for every adult who lives and works in the area, during the daytime.

Over the 12 month period, West Midlands councils collected a total of £6.4m between them.

Coventry gathered in £923,913, and Birmingham made £4,077,727. Although their populations are bigger than Solihull, residents in those areas were still paying more per head than Silhillians.

The Taxpayers’ Alliance had made Freedom of Information requests to councils across the UK, and published the league table last week. Trevor Eames, from the Solihull Ratepayers’ Association, said: “I think parking fines are become a national moneymaker, at the expense of the motorist.”

In Solihull, he said that the fines seemed to cause the most problems, near the town centre, and in Shirley.

Coun Ted Richards, cabinet member for transport and highways, said: “It is pleasing to see that people’s parking behaviour’s have changed – most people have adjusted to the changes made for the benefit of the wider public in managing parking restrictions, while those who still illegally park are, we think, now opportunistic, rather than pre-meditated.

“Our advice for people not wanting to have to pay parking fines is simply not to park illegally.”

 

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