Mark Whitehead 06 April 2017

Scottish councils rake in £40m from parking penalties

Local authorities in Scotland made more than £40m surplus from car parking fines and charges during the last financial year, according to the RAC Foundation.

It says the total £79.3m collected by the 32 councils in charges and penalty income from on- and off-street parking was 12% higher than in 2014-15.

The combined cost for councils of running their parking activities was £39m, the foundation says, pointing out that the surplus cash will be spent on services including improving roads.

Edinburgh had the largest surplus at £19.4m, followed by Glasgow at £12.6m and Aberdeen with £4.9m.

Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, said: 'Providing and managing the space for us to park our cars is not a cost-free activity for councils, but controlling those costs is clearly important.

'By keeping the bills down and seeing a rise in parking income there has been a significant increase in the annual surplus, or profit, councils are making from parking activities.

'The good news is that this money must be re-invested in transport services including, Scottish drivers will expect, maintaining the road network.'

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