Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Issue 800 Tickets a Day or We'll Fine You, Council Tells Parking Wardens

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Issue 800 Tickets a Day or We'll Fine You, Council Tells Parking Wardens

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Byline: Mark Blunden

PARKING wardens were told to ticket more than 800 drivers daily or their firm would face huge fines from council bosses for not hitting targets. A previously unpublished initial contract between contractor NSL and Kensington and Chelsea shows its wardens needed to issue 306,000 tickets annually, clamp 15,000 vehicles and tow 8,250.

Opposition Labour councillors in the Tory-run borough today demanded an investigation into NSL ticket quotas.

The 10-year contract, beginning in 2006 and released under the Freedom of Information Act, reveals that if wardens failed to hit the "agreed benchmarks" then NSL must pay the shortfall.

The contract states: "The number of valid clamps fitted should not fall below the agreed benchmark. This is currently set at 15,000 per annum."

Council leader Sir Merrick Cockell has previously told how his borough relies on making money from motorists and that between 1996 and 2010, it raised [pounds sterling]500 million from parking fines. …

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