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LGA responds to Transport Select Committee report into local authority parking enforcement

Responding to the Transport Select Committee's report into local authority parking enforcement, Cllr Peter Box, Chair of the Local Government Association's Economy and Transport Board, said:

"As this report recognises, parking controls are not being used by councils to raise revenue. They are essential for keeping motorists and pedestrians safe, traffic flowing and ensure people can park near their homes and local shops.

"Councils always look to be open and transparent with residents on their parking policies. Many already publish annual reports and adopt a common-sense approach to regulation that includes grace periods for motorists.

"Local authorities are working hard to try and boost trade and keep high streets vibrant through parking incentives such as free short-stay, cheaper evenings and free Sundays. Any income they make from charges and fines is spent on running parking services, fixing potholes and providing subsidised travel to children and the elderly."

Notes to editors 

Transport Select Committee report into local authority parking enforcement – page 32 (Point 7) states: "The nuances between parking finances, such as the difference between income from enforcement of fines and income from legitimate on or off-street parking charges, are often glossed over in the media and by government. There is need for better understanding of parking finance issues."

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