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Friday, 31 August 2012
Parking fines increase
The Independent reports Freedom of Information figures that show there are 6% more traffic wardens than in 2008 and one council in 10 has enlarged its force of traffic wardens by at least a fifth. At the same time, 17% of councils have cut the amount of free parking in their areas. The paper suggests that at a time when most local authority expenditure is contracting councils are using parking fine revenue to replace cuts in Government funding. Town halls collected £340mn in parking fines over the past 12 months with nearly 10mn fixed penalty notices a year being given to motorists.