Ren­frew­shire racks up £90k upaid park­ing fines

Calls for coun­cil to get tough after shock an­nual fig­ure

Paisley Daily Express - - Front Page - GARY ARM­STRONG

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

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