Dallat: Minister must review parking penalties
He said: “In the Minister’s response I have learned that 23,879 motorists did not pay their parking fines amounting to £2,813,449 while those that did contributed £12,739,496 which goes some way toward paying the officers who implement the scheme.
“In many cases these so-called Fixed Penalty Notices impose financial hardship as well as serious credit rating problems if they become bad debt.
“When the penalties were doubled some time ago, I warned the minister Danny Kennedy that imposing a fine of £90 on a motorist who has overstayed his time in a car park is grossly unfair.
“At the same time it is also unfair that some motorists pay their penalties while others go free, making a mockery of the system. We need to know why the number of unpaid penalties is rising and what should be done to address the problem.”