Council parking charge profits attacked by road safety charity

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Council parking charge profits attacked by road safety charity Council parking charge profits attacked by road safety charity

Redbridge council earned £3.7 million from parking charges last year, according to a leading road safety charity.

The Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM), which examined figures for all of London boroughs, says the figure represented an increase of 14 per cent on the figures for 2010/11.

IAM says London’s local authorities made more than £218 million in parking charges last year, an increase of 17.8 per cent.

But the charity says spending on road safety education and publicity decreased by 22 per cent, from £12.7 million to £9.9 million over the same period.

Simon Best, IAM chief executive, said: “Some London Councils are making enormous profits from parking, while cutting road safety spending on life-saving services such as rehabilitation courses for motoring offenders, education for young drivers and safe routes to schools schemes.”

“London’s councils must recognise the financial burdens already faced by motorists and rule out any further rises in parking fees.”

The figures were calculated using data from the Department for Communities and Local Government, but their accuracy has been disputed by the government.

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2:10pm Wed 9 Jan 13

Tom Thumb says...

The IAM is not a road safety charity.

The IAM is an organisation for people who like to think they are better drivers than everyone else, and get a dinky little badge to display on their car to boast about it.

This story is just road lobby propaganda.

Motorists enjoy huge hidden subsidies and the cost of motoring has been steadily falling over the past twenty years, unlike train and bus fares which have kept on going up and up.

The cost of CPZ permits is ridiculously low and nowhere reflects the true costs of leaving huge slabs of metal blocking the road day after day. Parking charges generally are far too low, and there is no shortage of free parking in Redbridge. It's just that the world is full of lazy people who aren't prepared to walk half a mile but think they have a God given right to park anywhere for nothing.
The IAM is not a road safety charity. The IAM is an organisation for people who like to think they are better drivers than everyone else, and get a dinky little badge to display on their car to boast about it. This story is just road lobby propaganda. Motorists enjoy huge hidden subsidies and the cost of motoring has been steadily falling over the past twenty years, unlike train and bus fares which have kept on going up and up. The cost of CPZ permits is ridiculously low and nowhere reflects the true costs of leaving huge slabs of metal blocking the road day after day. Parking charges generally are far too low, and there is no shortage of free parking in Redbridge. It's just that the world is full of lazy people who aren't prepared to walk half a mile but think they have a God given right to park anywhere for nothing. Tom Thumb

9:06am Thu 10 Jan 13

cessnapilot says...

The IAM most certainly is a road safety charity. A simple web search will reveal all the good work they do. If some of the members wish to display a badge to show they've taken the time and effort to improve the safety of their driving then that's fine by me. You obviously have a problem with cars and drivers (that is clear from the tone of your post), which is your right of course, but it's wrong to then discredit the good work of a charity that saves plenty of lives (not just drivers, but pedestrians, cyclists etc too) just because you don't like cars.
The IAM most certainly is a road safety charity. A simple web search will reveal all the good work they do. If some of the members wish to display a badge to show they've taken the time and effort to improve the safety of their driving then that's fine by me. You obviously have a problem with cars and drivers (that is clear from the tone of your post), which is your right of course, but it's wrong to then discredit the good work of a charity that saves plenty of lives (not just drivers, but pedestrians, cyclists etc too) just because you don't like cars. cessnapilot

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