Councils target motorists following a cut in Government grants
Motorists are being targeted once more, as councils up and down the country increase parking prices and even look to introduce new Sunday charges.
The price of parking tickets and permits are set to increase, with some councils said to be increasing fees by 45%, whilst a number of councils have decided to introduce Sunday charging.
Local authorities including Bournemouth, Brighton and Hove, Bristol City, Cheltenham, Dover, Flintshire, Leicester, Reading and Thanet are said to be bringing in higher parking fees, whilst Bristol and Dover are to introduce Sunday charging too.
Cheltenham council has from 1 March increased parking charges by a staggering 45%.
An audit by the Daily Mail follows a survey of 113 councils by the Local Government Information Unit (LGUI), who discovered that 93% of local authorities plan to bring in higher charges throughout their boroughs.
The increased parking fees and new Sunday charges are regarded as necessary because local authorities had their Government grants cut back in 2011 by £16 million, so to make up the shortfall it’s motorists who pay the price one again – literally!
In the last financial year, local councils in England raked in £1.582 billion from parking/permit fees and parking fines – leaving an £819 million ‘surplus’. This figure’s a 10% increase compared to the previous financial year and a 40% increase on the 2012/13 figures.
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