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Fines for illegally parked motorists "could double"

Transport Minister, Norman Baker, is considering raising the amount that motorists are fined for illegal parking by 50 per cent.

The Liberal Democrat minister is concerned that the current levels of fine – which are capped at £70 outside London – are not keeping up with the levels of fines issues in the city, where caps sit at £130.

Currently, councils rake in around £400 million a year in profit on parking fines – they are then legally obliged to inject these funds into transport projects for the future. However, councils are now asking for this restriction to be amended, so are hoping increased charges will also be implemented.

Mr Baker told The Telegraph newspaper: “It is coming out of line with London, where it has risen regularly under both the present and the previous mayor. It can also be argued that if the cost of legitimate parking rises to such a degree that the penalty no longer becomes a deterrent then that should be looked at.”

However, Chuka Umunna, the shadow Business Secretary, has said that the plans to increase parking fines were a “stealth tax on high streets” which would only serve to “drive customers away from our town centres”.

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