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Tickets to top 65,000... but is it a target?

PUBLISHED: 17:39 19 August 2009 | UPDATED: 10:13 12 August 2010

A COUNCIL has admitted breaking rules governing parking ticket targets. Bromley council wants to issue 65,500 fixed penalty charges per

A COUNCIL has admitted breaking rules governing parking ticket targets.

Bromley council wants to issue 65,500 fixed penalty charges per year, going against guidelines set out by the Department for Transport (DfT), which state they should not be used to raise money.

The rule breaking was revealed by a Freedom of Information Act request by Which? magazine.

A DfT spokesperson said: "Our guidance to local authorities is clear. They should not set targets for the number of penalty charge notices. Parking charges are a tool to manage demand for road use and should not be used as a revenue-raising measure."

Executive councillor for environment, Councillor Colin Smith, said: "You would expect any organisation to be forecasting their levels of expenditure and income and that's all we are doing. It's about efficient management, so, of course, we try and forecast the numbers of penalty charge notices (PCNs) which might be issued as part of managing our budgets.

"We've always said we're open and honest - all the information about PCNs appears on our website in our award-winning annual parking report.

"In any case, this is not about money - our forecast number for 2008-09 was lower than it was in 2000-01.

"We simply don't want people parking on yellow lines creating danger and inconvenience to traders and residents alike.

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