Parking charges: London Councils making most money

A total of £930m from parking services made by Councils in England in a year, numbers show.

The record figure through the past financial year is a 7% increment on 2017-18, the RAC Foundation announces.

The most money is raised in London. Seventeen of the 20 top-performing councils are in the capital city, with Westminster Council collecting the most significant amount, at £69m.

 Birmingham, Brighton and Hove and Milton Keynes were the three in the top 20 not in London.

Kensington and Chelsea came second in the city of London, with a total of £37m.

Any money made from parking activities, which includes penalties and tickets – must be used on local transport plans.

‘Keep traffic moving.’

The investigation was carried out by transport expert David Leibling, who examined Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government data.

Local authorities obtained an income of £1.746bn from their parking operations in 2018-19, which comprised £454m from parking penalties, which is up 6% year-on-year.

The result councils employed on managing their day-to-day parking services was £816m, not including interest or depreciation of assets such as car parks.

David Renard, the Local Government Association’s transport spokesperson, said London had the most significant number of vehicles moving about looking for places to park.

“I would expect the higher volume of vehicles moving around London means there’ll be a higher level of infringement and fines,” he declared.

“[Councils] seek to ensure they can keep the traffic moving as efficiently as possible and that means people who infringe the regulations will get fined,” he said to the BBC.