Parking fines of £120k left outstanding in Herefordshire over three-year period (From Ledbury Reporter)
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Parking fines of £120k left outstanding in Herefordshire over three-year period
4:43pm Friday 30th August 2013 in News
HEREFORDSHIRE Council is owed more than £120,000 in unpaid parking fines from the past three years.
A freedom of information request revealed that this year alone 11,478 penalty notices have been issued and 254 have not been paid – leaving an outstanding £81,602.
The council has, however, been able to collect £239,389 so far this year.
The local authority said in a statement: “The money we receive from penalty notices goes towards running the actual service itself.
“The costs are greater than the income we receive so we actually make a deficit.”
This “service” includes the costs of the payment machines, equipment and staff.
In 2011, 21,674 penalty notices were issued and £4,991 was left unpaid.
But in 2012 that total rose to £38,613 left unpaid, with 20,200 penalty notices issued.
A spokesman for Herefordshire Council said that the matter is only passed to bailiffs once all other attempts to recover the debt have been exhausted.
He said: “All motorists have the opportunity to appeal against penalty charge notices and if they are unhappy with the council’s decision, they can take their appeal to the Traffic Penalty Tribunal where their case will be handled by an independent adjudicator.
“If a motorist does not challenge or pay a penalty charge notice the council will issue a notice to the registered owner or keeper of the vehicle.
“If this is ignored the penalty charge notice increases by 50 per cent and a charge certificate is issued. The debt is registered at the traffic enforcement centre in Northampton with an additional fee of £7, and an order for recovery is issued.”
If the charge certificate is ignored, Herefordshire Council refers the matter to bailiffs.
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