Bradford Council's parking revenue from fines falls by 40%

A parking services worker issues a ticket

A parking services worker issues a ticket

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Revenue generated by Bradford Council-issued parking tickets has dropped nearly 40 per cent in the past four years, according to new figures.

During the 2009/10 financial year, the local authority raised more than £1.7 million by handing out Penalty Charge Notices, but this fell to a little more than £1 million for 2012/13.

The data, obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, is being hailed as a reprieve for Bradford motorists by UK parking provider Looking4Parking, but the district still has parking blackspots, such as Piccadilly in the city centre, where more than 3,000 fines were issued last year.

Councillor Andrew Thornton, the Council’s executive member for environment, sport and sustainability, said: “Parking controls are about keeping the roads safe and clear, so fewer motorists breaking the rules is a positive development.

“It’s a myth that councils are using parking charges to raise money. We’re on the side of hard-pressed motorists and have kept a lid on parking charges.

“The reality is that across the country the average motorist is paying more than 30 times more to Whitehall in charges and taxation each year than they do to their town hall through parking.”

Last year, the Council said cash raised from general parking charges went to the general revenue account, while penalty notice fines paid for traffic wardens and improvements to traffic and highways.

From April 2009 to March 2013, £5,576,721 was raised from Penalty Charge Notices – £1,720,453 collected in 2009/10, £1,593,370 in 2010/11, £1,214,633 in 2011/12 and £1,048,265 in 2012/13.

City centre streets such as Cheapside, Darley Street and Westgate saw a gradual decline in the number of motorists fined but certain streets still see lots of illegal parking, however, with 3,166 Parking Charge Notices issued on Piccadilly last year, 1,714 on Rawson Road, and 1,505 on Kirkgate.

Motorists using the city’s designated car parks were also reflected in the 2012/13 figures, with 810 tickets issued at Bradford’s Sharpe Street and 616 at the Crown Court car park.

In October 2013, the Government’s transport department published a local authority parking enforcement report warning that it was “neither acceptable or legal” to use fines to increase revenue. The report also stated that every local authority should publish an annual parking report to show precisely where their parking revenues come from and how any income was used.

Martin Mansell, managing director at Looking4Parking, said: “It is great to see Bradford Council making an effort to lower the amount of parking tickets issued.

“The pressure is mounting for all local authorities to make this information more easily accessible for motorists as a matter of course.”

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10:06am Thu 30 Jan 14

Avro says...

Does this not prove a decline in motorists coming into Bradford?
Does this not prove a decline in motorists coming into Bradford? Avro
  • Score: 2

11:20am Thu 30 Jan 14

Flabbermouth says...

Avro wrote:
Does this not prove a decline in motorists coming into Bradford?
Absolutley right it does I got my last parking ticket in November last year and have gone to Leeds ever since. You can only p*** people off so many times.

Is there any wonder Bradford city centre is a ghost town and worse than dead at night.

Parking tickets represent easy money based largely on fining the bulk of people that we confused about where to park mostly or just ran over their time.

As a result it has contributed to the city centre being a haven for pound shops and betting establishments. And it is never going to get any better now not even if measures are taken to positively encourage people in.
[quote][p][bold]Avro[/bold] wrote: Does this not prove a decline in motorists coming into Bradford?[/p][/quote]Absolutley right it does I got my last parking ticket in November last year and have gone to Leeds ever since. You can only p*** people off so many times. Is there any wonder Bradford city centre is a ghost town and worse than dead at night. Parking tickets represent easy money based largely on fining the bulk of people that we confused about where to park mostly or just ran over their time. As a result it has contributed to the city centre being a haven for pound shops and betting establishments. And it is never going to get any better now not even if measures are taken to positively encourage people in. Flabbermouth
  • Score: -2

11:36am Thu 30 Jan 14

Oldwestbowling says...

Can you park where you like or go over your time in Leeds without getting fined?
Can you park where you like or go over your time in Leeds without getting fined? Oldwestbowling
  • Score: 10

11:51am Thu 30 Jan 14

Farsley Bantam says...

Oldwestbowling wrote:
Can you park where you like or go over your time in Leeds without getting fined?
Probably not but it is silly enforcement of the rules that is the problem and its counter productive.
For example just before Xmas I parked in the Oastler Centre. There was a sign that said 'Free Parking between 2pm and 4pm'. I arrived at 2.15 and got back to my car at 3.15 and a penalty notice had been put on my car with a £50 fine.
On closer inspection the sign had said in very small print 'you must display a ticket' so technically I was in the wrong. However the car park was 3/4 empty (the week before xmas as well so the busiest time of year) and I had gained absolutely nothing by not displaying a free ticket. Is that really in the best interest of both shoppers and the shops alike to enforce stupid rules to drive away the few remaining customers?
Typical short sightedness of Bradford Council though. They'd rather have £50 now and drive yet another customer away from the City Centre permanently.
[quote][p][bold]Oldwestbowling[/bold] wrote: Can you park where you like or go over your time in Leeds without getting fined?[/p][/quote]Probably not but it is silly enforcement of the rules that is the problem and its counter productive. For example just before Xmas I parked in the Oastler Centre. There was a sign that said 'Free Parking between 2pm and 4pm'. I arrived at 2.15 and got back to my car at 3.15 and a penalty notice had been put on my car with a £50 fine. On closer inspection the sign had said in very small print 'you must display a ticket' so technically I was in the wrong. However the car park was 3/4 empty (the week before xmas as well so the busiest time of year) and I had gained absolutely nothing by not displaying a free ticket. Is that really in the best interest of both shoppers and the shops alike to enforce stupid rules to drive away the few remaining customers? Typical short sightedness of Bradford Council though. They'd rather have £50 now and drive yet another customer away from the City Centre permanently. Farsley Bantam
  • Score: 9

12:27pm Thu 30 Jan 14

BaildonGuy says...

Just goes to show that people are getting wise to the Council's traffic scams. Expect Cllr Thornton to start dreaming up new regulations any day now.
Just goes to show that people are getting wise to the Council's traffic scams. Expect Cllr Thornton to start dreaming up new regulations any day now. BaildonGuy
  • Score: 3

12:34pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Joedavid says...

Park within the rules and no fines.
I hope these reductions mean more people parking within the rules.
Park within the rules and no fines. I hope these reductions mean more people parking within the rules. Joedavid
  • Score: 5

12:35pm Thu 30 Jan 14

theoutsider says...

Hang on! this is'nt bad news this is good news for motorists in Bratfud. However is it indicative of the 'ghost town' that it has become down in BD1 so revenue should be down. If they had said it was up no one would have it. So watch Green and Co think up more plots and schemes to catch you out when you next enter the 'dead zone'.
Hang on! this is'nt bad news this is good news for motorists in Bratfud. However is it indicative of the 'ghost town' that it has become down in BD1 so revenue should be down. If they had said it was up no one would have it. So watch Green and Co think up more plots and schemes to catch you out when you next enter the 'dead zone'. theoutsider
  • Score: -1

12:45pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Prisoner Cell Block A says...

Joedavid wrote:
Park within the rules and no fines.
I hope these reductions mean more people parking within the rules.
No, it means less people coming into town and further out of town areas getting parking restrictions.

More regulation of anything doesn't always improve it,
[quote][p][bold]Joedavid[/bold] wrote: Park within the rules and no fines. I hope these reductions mean more people parking within the rules.[/p][/quote]No, it means less people coming into town and further out of town areas getting parking restrictions. More regulation of anything doesn't always improve it, Prisoner Cell Block A
  • Score: 1

1:02pm Thu 30 Jan 14

June Oh says...

Prisoner Cell Block A wrote:
Joedavid wrote:
Park within the rules and no fines.
I hope these reductions mean more people parking within the rules.
No, it means less people coming into town and further out of town areas getting parking restrictions.

More regulation of anything doesn't always improve it,
So if less people parking I should find a parking space easier that's good for me at least.
[quote][p][bold]Prisoner Cell Block A[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Joedavid[/bold] wrote: Park within the rules and no fines. I hope these reductions mean more people parking within the rules.[/p][/quote]No, it means less people coming into town and further out of town areas getting parking restrictions. More regulation of anything doesn't always improve it,[/p][/quote]So if less people parking I should find a parking space easier that's good for me at least. June Oh
  • Score: 3

2:02pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Foolroy says...

Don't worry are taking measures to redress this shortfall in budget. Speed trap vans now operate on Thornton Rd by St James' Church. Bradford Rd in Clayton, and have just opened for business on Mayo Avenue next to Morrisons. This should help alleviate the pain.
Don't worry are taking measures to redress this shortfall in budget. Speed trap vans now operate on Thornton Rd by St James' Church. Bradford Rd in Clayton, and have just opened for business on Mayo Avenue next to Morrisons. This should help alleviate the pain. Foolroy
  • Score: 1

2:02pm Thu 30 Jan 14

mad matt says...

I wish they'd get the parking wardens off their fat ar$es and get them out round Manningham - you have difficulty driving, never mind parking because of all the cars dumped on street corners and double yellow lines (usually half way on the footpath as well)
I wish they'd get the parking wardens off their fat ar$es and get them out round Manningham - you have difficulty driving, never mind parking because of all the cars dumped on street corners and double yellow lines (usually half way on the footpath as well) mad matt
  • Score: 4

2:02pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Foolroy says...

Foolroy wrote:
Don't worry are taking measures to redress this shortfall in budget. Speed trap vans now operate on Thornton Rd by St James' Church. Bradford Rd in Clayton, and have just opened for business on Mayo Avenue next to Morrisons. This should help alleviate the pain.
Please add council to the above.
[quote][p][bold]Foolroy[/bold] wrote: Don't worry are taking measures to redress this shortfall in budget. Speed trap vans now operate on Thornton Rd by St James' Church. Bradford Rd in Clayton, and have just opened for business on Mayo Avenue next to Morrisons. This should help alleviate the pain.[/p][/quote]Please add council to the above. Foolroy
  • Score: 1

2:24pm Thu 30 Jan 14

Mr Tii says...

mad matt wrote:
I wish they'd get the parking wardens off their fat ar$es and get them out round Manningham - you have difficulty driving, never mind parking because of all the cars dumped on street corners and double yellow lines (usually half way on the footpath as well)
Agreed , obviously can do what they want in Manningham area .
[quote][p][bold]mad matt[/bold] wrote: I wish they'd get the parking wardens off their fat ar$es and get them out round Manningham - you have difficulty driving, never mind parking because of all the cars dumped on street corners and double yellow lines (usually half way on the footpath as well)[/p][/quote]Agreed , obviously can do what they want in Manningham area . Mr Tii
  • Score: 0

5:01pm Thu 30 Jan 14

pjl20 says...

Bradford Council Leader, David Green, held the transport portfolio in the city until he became leader.

His policy of widening the net and increasing the cost of parking has been counter-productive, if these figures are anything to go by.

Besides, what is there to visit in central Bradford's shopping area until the new shopping development is completed in around 4-years time, if we are very lucky.

Squeeze the motorist any further during these harsh times and it will backfire on you (excuse the pun!)
Bradford Council Leader, David Green, held the transport portfolio in the city until he became leader. His policy of widening the net and increasing the cost of parking has been counter-productive, if these figures are anything to go by. Besides, what is there to visit in central Bradford's shopping area until the new shopping development is completed in around 4-years time, if we are very lucky. Squeeze the motorist any further during these harsh times and it will backfire on you (excuse the pun!) pjl20
  • Score: 0

7:54pm Thu 30 Jan 14

PAChambers says...

I think the fall in revenue is more likely to be from the council Parking Services starting to enforce correctly. They have for years been unlawfully issuing PCN's (in good faith, so they say).
Joe Public doesn't usually question wrong road marking/incorrect bay sizes or just plain wrong TRO's but over the past 24 months "someone" has been pushing for correct procedure to ensure fair play. This has resulted in some whole areas seeing a suspension of ticketing in the town centre and even now some bays are not enforced upon.
I think the fall in revenue is more likely to be from the council Parking Services starting to enforce correctly. They have for years been unlawfully issuing PCN's (in good faith, so they say). Joe Public doesn't usually question wrong road marking/incorrect bay sizes or just plain wrong TRO's but over the past 24 months "someone" has been pushing for correct procedure to ensure fair play. This has resulted in some whole areas seeing a suspension of ticketing in the town centre and even now some bays are not enforced upon. PAChambers
  • Score: 0

8:21pm Thu 30 Jan 14

steve10 says...

But how much have they made using the bus lane Scam.
But how much have they made using the bus lane Scam. steve10
  • Score: 0

9:30pm Thu 30 Jan 14

alive and awake says...

THERE IS ONLY SO MUCH MONEY CAN BE MADE FROM WIBSEY, AND THERE MIGHT BE 5 "ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS" wandering about at any one time. I could think of areas in Bradford where huge incomes could be had, any guesses anyone?
THERE IS ONLY SO MUCH MONEY CAN BE MADE FROM WIBSEY, AND THERE MIGHT BE 5 "ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS" wandering about at any one time. I could think of areas in Bradford where huge incomes could be had, any guesses anyone? alive and awake
  • Score: 0

10:15pm Thu 30 Jan 14

PAChambers says...

Its not just in Manningham but most places on a Friday lunch time but that would cause too much grief .......
Its not just in Manningham but most places on a Friday lunch time but that would cause too much grief ....... PAChambers
  • Score: 0

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