Wiltshire

Motorists fined £2,700 a day in Swindon

Swindon Borough Council is raising an average of more than £2,700 a day in parking fines from motorists.

The authority has revealed it raised nearly £3m over the last three years.

The fines are incurred by motorists who overstay in car parks or park on pavements or double yellow lines.

The council said it does not make a "profit" and that the money is reinvested in its transport and highways network.

'No excuse'

Councillor for Transport, Peter Greenhalgh said fines were not issued "willy-nilly".

"If you do contravene one of the parking regulations, the civil enforcement officers follow the rules.

"We don't make profit out of this and any surplus we do try and plough back into transport facilities in the area."

He added: "We've also recently reduced charges for parking in the town centre and we think that's gone down very well with the people of Swindon."

Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC foundation, said: "The law is that councils can use parking controls as a way of managing traffic and congestion, they cannot legally use it as a means to raise money.

"The charges are set at a rate needed to achieve traffic management objectives and if they end up with a net profit then they have to spend that money on transport purposes."

Mr Greenhalgh added: "We're constantly trying to seek improvements in residents parking areas and we've removed some double yellow lines, so there is really no excuse for people to be parking illegally in the town."

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