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Parking fines down £150k in Walsall

The number of parking fines being handed out in Walsall is falling, with £150,000 less brought in via parking enforcement than two years ago.

Some 1,159 parking tickets were issued in April this year, down from 1,403 in the same month a year ago, reports the Express and Star.

As a result, this has led to a fall in income from parking charge notices (PCNs) from £1.44 million in 2011/12 to £1.28 million in 2013/14.

Councillor Lee Jeavons explained that the local authority does not treat parking enforcement as a "cash cow".

He said: "We have a duty to ensure traffic regulations are upheld in Walsall, we prefer to help motorists understand these laws, rather than punish them with a ticket. There will always be those persistent offenders who have no consideration for other road users and pedestrians."

Cllr Jeavons added that the local authority is aiming to drive up compliance to parking regulations, with a new Drive Smart, Park Right campaign being rolled out by the council.

Walsall Council will be running a parking awareness course in the near future as part of the new scheme.

Cllr Jeavons said: "It's a horrible feeling when you receive a PCN and believe me that's never our goal."

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