Driver racks up huge parking fines in Croydon

by The Student View

A total of 132 parking fines were given to one single vehicle in 2018/19, more than one every three days, data from Croydon council has revealed.

If the owner was charged at the highest end of the fee range, he or she may have faced £17,160 in fines. If they paid promptly and were charged the lowest fee, they would have stumped up £3,960.

The year before, the worst-offending vehicle received one more than that – 133 – the highest total for a single car in the last five years.

In 2014/15, the highest number of Parking Notice Charges (PCNs) to one vehicle was 71. In 2015/16, it was 67, and in 2016/17 it was 85.

According to Croydon Council’s website, “Charges for penalty charge notices range from £60 to £130. Discounts for early payments are usually available.”

In addition, the findings made through a Freedom of Information request showed that the council provides 23,130 on-street parking spaces and 1,574 off-street parking spaces in Croydon.

A Croydon Council spokesperson said, “Parking restrictions are enforced to keep roads safe and keep traffic moving. Drivers who do not obey restrictions will be fined, but can still receive a 50 per cent discount if they pay within a fortnight.

“Any vehicle that repeatedly flouts parking restrictions will be issued a fine on each occasion.”

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