Parking charges are nothing but highway robbery, say drivers
by Nigel Wigmore
MORE than 90 per cent of motorists want to see a limit put on car parking charges, according to Motorpoint.
A new web-based poll by the UK’s leading car supermarket found 93 per cent of drivers wanted action to be taken after it was revealed that councils across England made almost £600m from on- and off-street car parking during 2012-13. Almost 4,000 people participated in the survey on the company’s website, www.motorpoint.co.uk
According to the RAC Foundation, drivers in London are paying the most for the privilege of parking their car with Westminster Council making £39.7m from car parking charges and fines. Outside of the capital, the highest earners were Brighton at £16.25m and Nottingham at £11.79m. In total, 85 per cent of local parking authorities in England made a profit from car parking charges in the last financial year even though Communities Secretary Eric Pickles announced plans to target “aggressive” and “over-zealous” parking policies.
Mark Carpenter, managing director of Motorpoint, said: “It is quite clear from the results of our poll that motorists have had enough of the continual inflation-busting rises in car parking charges and action needs to be taken at all levels to end what is rapidly becoming a modern form of highway robbery.”