Canterbury City Council to rake in over £1M from parking fines

Canterbury’s local council could be taking in an income of over £1m from parking fines issued in the most recent year.

A Unified Freedom of Information request revealed that during the financial year of 2017/18, the council issued 33,270 Penalty Charge Notice (PCNs).

PCNs from Canterbury City Council can set you back £70, but can be halved to £35 if paid within 14 days.

On the assumption that each PCN holder paid at the reduced rate of £35, the council would have raked an income of £1,164,450 in the year of 2017/18.

This figure is an estimated minimum amount as an accurate figure cannot be determined – as some PNC ticket holders may have had to pay the whopping £70 for a single fine.

For the financial year of 17/18, Canterbury council would have made a minimum income of £1,164,450 through PCNs

Where does the money go?

Money that is made through parking fines will come through as income for Canterbury City Council.

A spokesperson for CCC said:

“Income from off-street fines can be spent on services for residents, while income from on-street fines has to go back into on-street transport-related initiatives.”

A 23-year-old Canterbury resident, who wishes to remain anonymous, currently holds 15 outstanding PCNs from Canterbury Council.

She claims that Canterbury parking enforcers are becoming notorious for handing out parking fines.

A few of her many parking fines from Canterbury City Council

The Canterbury resident said: “I have more than 15 unpaid parking fines from the council.

“Some are from overstaying at parking, like one or two minute late. Some are from certain roads where even tenants aren’t allowed to park.

“It’s like officers literally hang around your car just to give you a ticket.

“I remember one day where I got a ticket on top of a ticket. It’s ridiculous.”

Due to missing the 14-day reduced payment rate, each one of her PCNs are priced at £70. Meaning the 23-year-old will have to pay the council a whopping £1,050 to clear the fines.

Canterbury City Council said: “Our civil enforcement officers take a pragmatic approach to their work, but will issue fines for contraventions where appropriate.

“With our major expansion of ANPR parking underway, it will no longer be possible to get a fine for overstaying in these car parks, and we will be increasing patrols on issues such as dangerous school gate parking and double yellow line parking in residential areas.”

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Claisse Opulencia

Editor-in-Chief of Unified. Claisse is a third year multimedia journalism student at CCCU. Amnesty Media Award Finalist 2018, IRN Awards Runner-up 2018 and nominated for two SPA Awards 2018.

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