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Open up parking systems

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004

The number of parking tickets issued by money-grabbing councils continues to rocket according to a report released yesterday by the National Parking Adjudication Service. The report states that 2.45 million tickets were issued in 2003, up 300,000 from 2.13 million in 2002.

An article in today’s Times quotes Caroline Sheppard, chief adjudicator for England and Wales saying that councils must be more open with their parking ticket policy. I echo this sentiment and urge everyone to utilise the Freedom of Information Act to force local councils to make public their parking enforcement contracts, policies and financial arrangements.

“There is an urgent need for more transparency and accountability in the councilsÂ’ activities and it would be more informative for the public to have the whole picture,” she said.

“We believe the Government should require this information to be published each year, along with the councilsÂ’ parking accounts,” Ms Sheppard added. The data should include the number of penalty charges issued each year, the number paid at reduced penalty, the number of notices to owner issued, the number of representations received and accepted, the number of appeals lodged and the outcome of appeals and referrals to county courts.

View the full article here. It also includes a chart of the top 20 councils (excluding London) issuing the most parking tickets.

Indeed if councils are to make claims they represent their local community then it is essential that parking enforcement systems are fully transparent so we can see if they are operating in the public’s interest or, as seems the case now, against it.