Redbridge council issued 110 tickets each day on average last year across 10 streets

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The council earned £1.6million by issuing 40,000 parking tickets in 10 streets last year.

The figure means an average of just under 110 tickets were issued every day.

George Lane in South Woodford, which is just over a quarter of a mile long, was the fourth most fined street, where 3,738 tickets issued raised £163,000 for the authority.

The council says it is trying to balance the needs of motorists, residents and businesses.

Council figures from last year show parking fines issued in Cranbrook Road - almost a quarter of the total figure - added up to £393,000.

The 540-yard-long Clements Road earned £251,000, making it the second highest earner for fines.

The authority says it is in the process of revising its parking code of practice to improve understanding of enforcement and reduce the number of penalty tickets given to drivers.

The revenue is made up of £60 parking tickets, which can increase in price if a driver fails to pay on time.

The council defended the number of tickets issued and said it was acting in line with its responsibility to make roads as safe as possible and to ensure the free movement of traffic.

“We understand that nobody wants to receive a parking fine, but these restrictions are there for a reason,” a spokesman said.

“When the council introduces parking or moving traffic restrictions, it does so because it has a responsibility to make its roads as safe as possible and to try to ensure the free movement of traffic.

“We have to try and balance the needs of motorists, local residents and businesses with a huge number of other local factors such as ensuring vehicles can move freely, bus journey times, the safety of children walking to school and the need to restrict blind turns and increase motorist’s visibility.”

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12:44pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Villagecranberry says...

The Wardens seem to drop out of the sky and land like pigeons in Redbridge.
The Wardens seem to drop out of the sky and land like pigeons in Redbridge. Villagecranberry
  • Score: -1

12:47pm Sat 8 Feb 14

MorrisHickey says...

The council has not "earned" any of this - they have simply stolen it from motorists by legal means.

Redbridge Council has a Dick Turpin mentality.
The council has not "earned" any of this - they have simply stolen it from motorists by legal means. Redbridge Council has a Dick Turpin mentality. MorrisHickey
  • Score: 7

2:55pm Sat 8 Feb 14

mdj says...

There's no figure given for how many successfully appealed. If everyone who felt unfairly penalised did so, this predatory behaviour would soon have to stop, for the system would collapse. If the good people of Redbridge open a Facebook parking ticket page and get together to compare notes, they will see how councils retreat when people defend themselves, and how they tell different tales to different people.

Nobody's defending people who park illegally and inconsiderately, but
It's a big mistake to assume that authority in this country gets things right and tells the truth. TfL once backed down from a penalty when I presented them with two entirely contradictory lies they had told to try and justify the ticket.
I also wonder how many people pay needlessly at these new electronic bays, not seeing that they get 15 minutes free parking - in tiny print on the other side from the tariff?
There's no figure given for how many successfully appealed. If everyone who felt unfairly penalised did so, this predatory behaviour would soon have to stop, for the system would collapse. If the good people of Redbridge open a Facebook parking ticket page and get together to compare notes, they will see how councils retreat when people defend themselves, and how they tell different tales to different people. Nobody's defending people who park illegally and inconsiderately, but It's a big mistake to assume that authority in this country gets things right and tells the truth. TfL once backed down from a penalty when I presented them with two entirely contradictory lies they had told to try and justify the ticket. I also wonder how many people pay needlessly at these new electronic bays, not seeing that they get 15 minutes free parking - in tiny print on the other side from the tariff? mdj
  • Score: 6

4:53pm Sat 8 Feb 14

escapefrome17 says...

When you see how dumbly some people park it's understandable they make so much money - Waltham Forest and Redbridge seem to be stuffed to the brim with incredibly lazy people who will risk a ticket rather than walk for a bit..it's too easy to be caught now, with spy cameras and wardens constantly on the prowl.

We all know that this is about making money, nothing to do with road safety or traffic movement, but it's easy not to be caught, if in doubt don't park, and spend your money in an area that's more amenable.
When you see how dumbly some people park it's understandable they make so much money - Waltham Forest and Redbridge seem to be stuffed to the brim with incredibly lazy people who will risk a ticket rather than walk for a bit..it's too easy to be caught now, with spy cameras and wardens constantly on the prowl. We all know that this is about making money, nothing to do with road safety or traffic movement, but it's easy not to be caught, if in doubt don't park, and spend your money in an area that's more amenable. escapefrome17
  • Score: 4

6:22pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Thunderbird4 says...

If everyone parked correctly, the councils would get no money; it's in their interest that drivers continue to break the laws: That's a wicked conspiracy.
If everyone parked correctly, the councils would get no money; it's in their interest that drivers continue to break the laws: That's a wicked conspiracy. Thunderbird4
  • Score: 3

10:10pm Sat 8 Feb 14

Stevo98 says...

Not enough. Fine these anti-social cretins more.
Not enough. Fine these anti-social cretins more. Stevo98
  • Score: -4

12:25pm Sun 9 Feb 14

HottRedMan says...

I wont be surprised if most of this is fro the stealth lamp post CCTV, which they seem to be using a lot.
I wont be surprised if most of this is fro the stealth lamp post CCTV, which they seem to be using a lot. HottRedMan
  • Score: -2

7:36pm Mon 10 Feb 14

ColinOrient says...

Well someone's got to pay for the mayor's personalised plates of LBR 12 !
Well someone's got to pay for the mayor's personalised plates of LBR 12 ! ColinOrient
  • Score: 0

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