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Scottish councils make record profits from parking fine

A number of Scottish councils have made a record profit from parking charges and fines, new figures have revealed.

According to an analysis from the RAC Foundation, a total of £73.3 million was raised across Scotland through parking fines between 2013 and 2014, leaving a profit of £33.5 million following running cost deductions.

Up by £200,000 on the previous year, almost half of the profits were made by Edinburgh City Council where £15.3 million was gained through parking fines, while £10.3 million was made by Glasgow City Council.

The analysis, which came from data returned each year to the Scottish Government by local councils, revealed that a total of 16 councils made a profit, while only 13 made a loss.

Although not all councils provided information regarding the number of penalty charge notices issued over the year, estimates suggest that approximately 700,000 are issued each year around the country, with 230,000 issued in Edinburgh alone.

Commenting on the figures, Professor Stephen Glaister, director of the RAC Foundation, said: "These numbers tell the definitive story of who is making what from public parking in Scotland."

"Nobody wants a parking free for all but when we are talking about such large sums, local authorities should be transparent with residents and drivers about what their parking policy is," he added.

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