Renfrewshire racks up £90k upaid parking fines
Calls for council to get tough after shock annual figure
Renfrewshire Council has been told to get tough on parking after it was revealed it is missing out on as much as £90,000 a year in unpaid fines.
A Freedom Of Information request submitted by the Paisley Daily Express reveals 5,500 Renfrewshire Council parking fines remain unpaid over a four-year period, with a total of £330,000 uncollected between 2014 and 2017.
All money generated via parking tickets is redirected into the local authority and contributes to the running of essential services.
Drivers are initially hit with a £ 30 fine if penalised for parking within the council area, but this figure rises to £60 if they remain unpaid after a certain timeframe.
In 2014, 1,283 tickets were not paid. At £60 a ticket, that equates to £76,980 in unpaid fines.
While 2015 saw 1,517 ignored fines, a total of £91,020 in missed council income.
In 2016, £79,500 was unaccounted for as a result of 1,325 unpaid tickets.
There were 1,333 fines binned in 2017, at a cost of £79,980.
In this four-year period, the council failed to collect on 5,458 tickets, which, at £60 a pop, results in a grand total of £327,480 in lost income.
The findings have prompted Labour leader Eddie Devine to call on Renfrewshire Council to be more ‘robust’ when going after the unpaid fines.
Councillor Devine said: “The council should be chasing them.
“Even in my time I would have expected the department concerned to be chasing these people.
“There’s no point in having a fine for parking if nobody’s going to be paying them.
“It’s the same with dog fouling and the littering, hardly any of them pay the fines. “That has to be stamped out.
“If there’s a legal fine, then it has to be followed through.
“People can’t just park anywhere and say ‘Well I’m not paying’. It can’t happen. “It’s got to be vigorously pursued.
“The council should get tough with these people and take the appropriate action. “We have to be seen to be robust.” Commenting on the incredible sums of money the council is missing out on from parking tickets, Mr Devine says it is cash that could be used to get more wardens on the streets.
He added: “It’s not a revenue-raising service, but it must have an effect on the department – it’s got to affect the service in itself. That’s wages for wardens.
“It’s an awful lot of money not to come into the council on a yearly basis.”
A Renfrewshire Council spokesman said: “We pursue all unpaid fines and reinvest money from parking charges and fines in delivering council services.”
There’s no point in having a fine if nobody’s going to be paying them. That has to be stamped out
Paying the price Renfrewshire Council has missed out on £327,000 over four years due to unpaid parking penalties
Ticket Drivers are failing to pay the fines for parking ilegally in Renfrewshire