Scots drivers ‘fill gaps’ in council budgets as parking charges top £70m



Motorists have faced an inflation-busting £5.6 million hike in parking charges imposed by cash-strapped councils across Scotland.
Drivers collectively paid more than £70 million last year alone, according to figures obtained through Freedom of Information, leading to fears that drivers are being used to “fill the gap” in local authority budgets.
Edinburgh is Scotland’s biggest earner from parking with £26.7m in 2016/17, up £2m on the previous year. In Glasgow, charges topped £20m, and further hikes are on the way in both cities.
The cash raised comes from parking fines, on-street and... read more

 
24 April 2018 in Politics, Views: 80
Source: Scotsman
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