£425,000 still owed in unpaid parking fines to Gravesham Council

PUBLISHED: 17:13 24 January 2013

More than £400,000 is still owed to Gravesham Council in unpaid parking fines over the past three years, according to recent figures.

The Reporter used the Freedom of Information Act to find out the amount owed in unpaid penalty charge notices to the local authority.

Since 2010 there is £425,343 outstanding, while the current recovery rate of fines is 75 per cent.

In the year 2009/10 there is still £43,166 owed, in 2010/11 there is £160,728 to be paid and the amount outstanding in 2011/12 is £221,449.

Gravesham Council said it was doing everything to recover the money owed and cases were with the bailiffs office or under further investigation.

A council spokesman said: “It is worth nothing that it can take six months before the process that parking enforcement has to follow results in the bailiff stage if recovery. In addition, parking fines rely heavily on the DVLA providing accurate keeper details or the keeper details at all, which has a negative impact on recovery.”

He added that any money received through parking fines was ring-fenced by law for local transportation improvement so could not be used in other areas of the council.

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