THE number of people handed parking fines in Thatcham has fallen.
West Berkshire Council issued 415 Penalty Charge notices in the town during 2014/15 and made £10,140 in the process.
This compares with 837 fines being issued in the previous year, a drop of 50.4 per cent. The 837 fines generated £18,473.
The fines are divided into two categories. People breaching a higher level contravention must pay a £70 fine, while £50 is charged for lower level.
Last year’s figures show that 27 people received a £70 fine for parking in a disabled bay in the town without displaying a disabled badge (17 off-street and 10 on-street).
Other offences included 26 fines for parking in a restricted street during prescribed hours, while four charges were issued to people parked in a taxi rank.
Two fines were also handed out for stopping in a restricted school area.
The highest number of lower level contraventions went to the 260 people who parked without displaying a pay and display ticket. Fifty-one fines were issued for people staying beyond the time paid for.
Not all of the 415 fines were collected, however. Ninety-seven were cancelled, roughly one in four or 23 per cent, and 91 were marked as unpaid as of March 2015.
This compares to the 837 fines from 2013/14, when 123 were cancelled – 15 per cent – and 109 were unpaid.
A spokeswoman for West Berkshire Council, Peta Stoddart-Crompton, said: “We are pleased if the drop in PCNs issued reflects more considerate and compliant parking in Thatcham.”
The council said that all profits from parking must be re-invested in other highways schemes.
It added that the number of cancellations depended on the validity of the reasons put forward by the motorist appealing the charge.