Motorists Fight Back By Forestalling Fines

Drivers determined to disappoint wardens by parking more carefully say AA

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Motorists are determined to see parking wardens superfluous to requirements by parking more carefully say motoring organisation AA.

70% of AA members asked for their New Year motoring resolutions said that they were determined to avoid parking fines, news that will disappoint some Councils who are banking on funds from fines to plug their ever increasing deficits.

AA president Edmund King said: "Too many councils are banking on extra revenue from raising parking fine levels - in London they want to charge £130. There is no justification for increasing parking penalties as compliance at current levels has improved. Yet many local authorities are now introducing parking charges on Sundays, extending parking charges until 10pm and hiking up the price of residents' parking permits."

Driving less aggressively (58%) was the next most popular aim, with obeying the speed limit more at 56%.

January 26, 2011