Glasgow parking fines hit £25m total in six years, figures show

Glasgow City Council is to set out plans to increase parking charges across the city.

Glasgow parking fines hit total of £25m over last six years, figures show iStock

Motorists stung by parking tickets have forked out £25m for breaking parking rules over the last six years in Glasgow.

Drivers have paid out more than £4.8m this current financial year so far – between April until February.

Penalty charge notices cost £60 but are reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days.

Last year’s fines for 2022 to 2023 also hit more than £4.8m.

From 2018 to 2019, £5.2m was generated with the 12 months during 2019 to 2020 earning £5.4m, according to freedom of information (FOI) figures released by Glasgow MSP Annie Wells.

It comes as Glasgow City Council sets out plans to increase parking charges and charge for parking after 6pm across the city.

Scottish Conservative MSP Ms Wells questioned whether the rising parking costs for the public can be justified considering the “eye watering” income brought in by tickets.

A council spokesman said enforcement is “crucial” for ensuring compliance with regulations to boost road safety among other benefits.

Ms Wells said: “People across Glasgow are understandably furious at the hike in parking charges and their extended use.

“They’ll be even more angry when they discover the council raked in £25m over six years in penalty notices.

“This eye-watering income will make many question where the money has gone and why the council believes motorists need to be punished further.

“Much of this penalty charge notice income will have come from hardworking Glaswegians who simply made a mistake and had to cough up a significant charge as a consequence.

“It calls into question again the justification for these parking charge hikes.”

A spokesman for the council said: “Parking enforcement is crucial for achieving compliance with parking restrictions designed to promote road safety, ease congestion and share limited road space for parking as fairly as possible.

“Drivers have a responsibility to observe the road regulations or they become liable to receive a penalty charge notice.

“If drivers complied with the parking regulations at all times there would be no revenue from parking fines.

“Changes to parking charges for on-street bays and car parks have been agreed as part of a budget that required to find £107m worth of savings from council services over the next three years.

“The budget has sought to target poverty and invest in support for communities with Council Tax frozen for the next year.

“The changes to parking charges are consistent with Glasgow’s transport strategy, which seeks to encourage a shift to more sustainable forms of transport.

“Any revenue from parking charges and fines must be used in support of the parking system and any additional revenue must be used for other roads, transportation and environmental initiatives.

“This year’s budget will also invest almost £9.6m in street lighting, roads and footpaths, while the council continues to work with transport operators and national and regional transport agencies to secure improvements to public transport.”

Penalty charge notice income

2018 – 2019 – £5.23m

2019 to 2020 – £5.48m

2020 – 2021 – £1.99m

2021 to 2022 – £3.13m

2022 to 2023 – £4.88m

2023 to 2024 to date – £4.87m

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