3,000 fewer parking tickets issued in Wirral

Wirral Globe: 3,000 fewer parking tickets issued in Wirral 3,000 fewer parking tickets issued in Wirral

HIGHWAYS chief Cllr Harry Smith says Wirral is excluded from the list of local authorities accused of using parking enforcement measures as a “cash cow.”

It follows moves by the Department for Transport to consider legal options to abolish minimum rates for parking penalty charges to allow councils to lower fines for minor violations.

A recent House of Commons transport select committee report found “a deep-rooted perception that local authorities view parking enforcement as a cash cow.”

Councillor Smith responded: “The idea that Wirral Council is using parking enforcement as a cash cow does not hold water.

"Over the past three years, 3,000 fewer parking tickets have been issued and we do not hoard the cash collected, we re-invest it on road maintenance, traffic lights and the highway network.

“If parking fines were reduced we would take it on the chin and have less money to spend in these areas.”

He also challenged RAC claims that parking offences should be seen as “misdemeanours” not crimes.

He said: “If people are endangering lives by parking dangerously – such as outside schools – they deserve a parking ticket and I would expect parking attendants to act accordingly.”

Over the past four years, Wirral Council has seen a drop is cash collected on parking charges and penalties from £1.4m in 2009-10 to £851,000 in 2012-13.

Across the UK councils collect £1.4bn from parking tickets, permits and penalties.

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin froze parking penalty charges in December for the remainder of the current Parliament.

He also published a public consultation on parking issues, including whether five minutes grace periods – already operated by some councils – should be made a statutory requirement.

Councillor Smith said Wirral’s parking attendants had already been instructed to use discretion over drivers returning “a couple of minutes late” to their vehicles.

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3:19pm Mon 13 Jan 14

ballacrain says...

Looking at the state of the roads around WirralI wonder just which roads are being repaired.
Ballacrain
Looking at the state of the roads around WirralI wonder just which roads are being repaired. Ballacrain ballacrain
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3:50pm Mon 13 Jan 14

WirralAl says...

Perhaps its because less people are using these car parks and going where parking is free. Like ASDA, TESCO and Bromborough or Cheshire Oaks.

Why pay to park in crap shopping centres!
Perhaps its because less people are using these car parks and going where parking is free. Like ASDA, TESCO and Bromborough or Cheshire Oaks. Why pay to park in crap shopping centres! WirralAl
  • Score: 4

8:01pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Llamedos 1 says...

As well as motorists using two finger to Wirral Councils over priced parking charges, they are now more aware of the legislation that Wirral Council flout time and time again. Thanks to web sites such as www.pepipoo.com the motorist has expert advice to hand without having to pay out for extortionate solicitors when defending PCN`s and the simple free process to challenge PCN`s via the Independent Penalty Appeals Tribunal
As well as motorists using two finger to Wirral Councils over priced parking charges, they are now more aware of the legislation that Wirral Council flout time and time again. Thanks to web sites such as www.pepipoo.com the motorist has expert advice to hand without having to pay out for extortionate solicitors when defending PCN`s and the simple free process to challenge PCN`s via the Independent Penalty Appeals Tribunal Llamedos 1
  • Score: 0

9:22pm Mon 13 Jan 14

spamfiend says...

As WirralAl says, maybe it is because people go where there are free parking spaces and a selection of shops. As I have said before, I work in Birkenhead but would not go there to do my shopping. I would rather go to New Brighton or Bromborough for the food shop, and to New Ferry as I go to Baxter butchers for fresh meat (Martin, your cooked lambs hearts are spot on!).

Less parking fees because people are aware to the cloak and dagger tactics employed by the rent-a-wardens as well.
As WirralAl says, maybe it is because people go where there are free parking spaces and a selection of shops. As I have said before, I work in Birkenhead but would not go there to do my shopping. I would rather go to New Brighton or Bromborough for the food shop, and to New Ferry as I go to Baxter butchers for fresh meat (Martin, your cooked lambs hearts are spot on!). Less parking fees because people are aware to the cloak and dagger tactics employed by the rent-a-wardens as well. spamfiend
  • Score: 2

4:12pm Wed 15 Jan 14

johnhardaker says...

NSL were awarded a £4.2 million pound contract for 5 years to "Police" Wirrals roads that's £800.000.00 per year If they are only collecting £851.000.00 in revenue no wonder there is no cash to repair the roads yet the council can put up dozens on no waiting signs, Flashing slow down & 30mph signs as well as the monster yellow accidents in this area signs & leave the potholes to grow bigger except in Bebington Rock Ferry, Oxton & Woodchurch estate areas where I can only assume councillors live. the roads & Pavements in CH42 & CH43 are a disgrace as there are no councillors in the area
NSL were awarded a £4.2 million pound contract for 5 years to "Police" Wirrals roads that's £800.000.00 per year If they are only collecting £851.000.00 in revenue no wonder there is no cash to repair the roads yet the council can put up dozens on no waiting signs, Flashing slow down & 30mph signs as well as the monster yellow accidents in this area signs & leave the potholes to grow bigger except in Bebington Rock Ferry, Oxton & Woodchurch estate areas where I can only assume councillors live. the roads & Pavements in CH42 & CH43 are a disgrace as there are no councillors in the area johnhardaker
  • Score: 1

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