Originally Posted by pop
1 Motorists paid over £1.2 billion in parking charges in 2005. (Daily Telegraph)
2 Motorists paid £165M in fines in 2002 (Privilege Insurance)
3 There are only 2 million car park spaces for 32 million drivers. (Privilege Insurance)
4 Government revenue from parking charges is 50% more than when Labour came to power
5 In 2003 government spent just £29m on parking provision, compared with £48m on helping cyclists and £75m on pedestrians. (RAC Foundation)
6 1 in 10 drivers has received at least one fine in 2002. (Privilege Insurance)
7 London councils issued 4.9 million tickets in 2002, and a record 5.3 million tickets in 2003, sufficient to raise £193 million in fines.
8 A record seven million parking tickets worth £280 million were issued in the financial year 2002/3.
9 In 2002/3 Birmingham City Council hit motorists with 450 tickets a day, a total of 164000, raising more than £4 million
10 In 2005, twelve hospital trusts each raised over £1 million from parking charges.
1 Motorists saved other taxpayers £1.2 billion in 2005 by paying parking charges. (Daily Telegraph)
2 Motorists committed offences on approximately 5M occassions in 2002. (Privilege Insurance)
3 There are only 26 million cars on the road, but the statistic looks better if you quote number of drivers! (Privilege Insurance)
4 The cost of living has increased by around 25% due to inflation since the Labour government came into power. The cost of individual fines has not increased proportionately.
5 The government spent five times as much in 2003 encouraging people to use foot and pedal power where appropriate - which is more environmentally friendly and healthier for everyone. Meanwhile private organisations continue to invest in parking provision.
6 9 out of 10 drivers didn't get any fines in 2002. (Privilege Insurance)
7 Only 1/4 of tickets are issued outside london, so most of the people here are being subsidised by "townies".
8 We would all have had to pay an extra £5 each in tax if it wasn't for fines paid by people who break the rules.
9 On average, each resident of birmingham only paid 1p per day in fines.
10 Hospital trusts are finding creative ways to support their activities so they can reduce the financial burdon on the treasury whilst still providing the care we demand.
So beware - treat stats with caution!