Parking fines to increase, which is great
As it stands, drivers outside London pay a maximum of £70 for a parking fine, but that's being reviewed by Transport Secretary Norman Baker. This means that drivers could now be slapped with a £130 ticket in the future.
Baker said Londoners have faced escalating fines after Ken Livingstone and Boris Johnston increased the cap while the rest of the country remained static. He said: "It can 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."
Edmund King, President of the AA, spat: "Our concern would be that local authorities become reliant on the fines as income."
The British Parking Association support the increases, saying: "There is an urgent need to change these penalty charges since they often fail to act as a deter rent and sometimes encourage non-compliance with traffic management and parking rules. This is costly and unfair on council tax payers who will be subsidising parking enforcement and undermines effectiveness of local transport policies."
Naturally, the idea that it could be lowered in London to come in line with the rest of the country never crossed anyone's mind. Increases in fines would probably deter drivers from going to city centres, where the high street needs all the help it can get.