Thatcham parking penalties down from last year
£10,000 collected from 415 contraventions in the town
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.