Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Councils Are Accused of 'Ripping Off' Drivers with [Pounds Sterling]502m Parking Revenues

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Councils Are Accused of 'Ripping Off' Drivers with [Pounds Sterling]502m Parking Revenues

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Byline: Nicholas Cecil Deputy Political Editor

TOWN halls in London were today accused by the Government of "ripping off" motorists by raking in more from on-street parking schemes while cutting their costs.

They received revenue of [pounds sterling]502 million in 2012/13, up by [pounds sterling]7 million from a year earlier. In contrast, their expenditure for providing on-street parking fell from [pounds sterling]273 million to [pounds sterling]259 million, down by more than [pounds sterling]14 million.

The net difference following the council savings and extra income is more than [pounds sterling]20 million.

"It is clear from these figures that some councils are ripping off motorists by cutting their own costs but increasing revenue from on-street parking at the same time," said local government minister Brandon Lewis.

"The law is extremely clear that onstreet parking may not be used as a source of general revenue."

He urged town halls to pass on the lower costs of parking measures to road users. …

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