Profiting from Parking
Local borough councils in London have been using their ability to raise money from parking charges to subsidise their budgets -
A very extensive report entitled "Profiting from Parking" was published in October 2010. It gives the revenues and costs from parking operations, and from "decriminalised moving traffic offences" for a number of London boroughs. It is contained in this pdf document: Profiting-
Obtaining Financial Information on Parking from Your Council
You can use this template letter if you wish to obtain the figures on income and expenditure, and the profits that are made, on parking and decriminalised moving traffic offences from your local Council: Parking-
Controlled Parking Zones and Permit Parking Schemes
Many London Boroughs suffer from the inadequate provision of off-
In recent years several schemes have been devised to tackle these problems, particularly the demand by local residents for "reserved" spaces, which are known generically as Controlled Parking Zones (CPZs). There are three common approaches:
Sometimes these schemes allow anyone to park for free at certain times, but require non-
Do these schemes solve all the problems? Typically no -
1. Controlled Parking Zones and Permit Parking Schemes are often an attempt to reserve local parking spaces for residents, when they have no particular rights to such space. There is no moral or legal reason why residents should have priority for parking in roads which are public property. Typically the general public have paid via taxes for the provision of these roads, and they certainly pay for all their maintenance costs, and therefore it seems unreasonable and unfair that a small section of the public should be able to reserve particular road space for their exclusive use.
2. Although, we recognize that residents may have particular difficulty in these areas when they do not have any off street parking (for example because there are terraced houses), most of the residents were fully aware of this situation before they moved into the properties (these problems have been present in London for very many years, while the average residence time for a house in the UK is less than 10 years).
3. These schemes are promoted on the fact that they will resolve parking problems for residents when often they do not (there is no guarantee of sufficient spaces for residents, particularly now that households often own multiple cars). They also mean that residents end up paying for use of spaces which were free before, at considerable cost.
4. They certainly inconvenience non-
5. In many cases, Permit Parking Schemes result in the under utilisation of available parking spaces. The picture above shows this effect in Upper Park Road, Bromley where the permit controlled spaces are not occupied by permit holders during the day, but nobody else is allowed to use this space.
6. These schemes have a considerable administrative overhead. In fact the only real financial beneficiaries of the schemes are council staff who are employed to administer them. Typically the employment of people to design, implement, operate and enforce these schemes is a totally unproductive task which simply ends up being a general tax on residents.
7. In the case of areas where commuter parking is a problem, these schemes do not solve the problem -
8. Permit parking schemes are often sold to residents on the premise that only administrative costs are covered and no profit generated from them, but this is not true.
In summary, it would in our view be much better if the time, effort and expense put into these schemes be used to develop appropriate off-