@WaverleyBC makes £2.28m surplus from parking fines and charges 2011/2012

From the BBC website: Map: Who’s making the most out of parking.

A survey of 359 English councils has revealed that some are generating huge cash surpluses from parking charges.

The study for the RAC foundation is based on annual returns to the Department for Communities and Local Government, and includes revenue from on-street parking permits, off-street charges and parking penalties for 2011-12.

These are offset against the cost of running parking operations, leaving some councils with a deficit.

These are the figures for Surrey:

District/Borough Council Surplus/Deficit
Guildford £6,538,000
Woking £3,527,000
Waverley £2,282,000
Epsom & Ewell £1,458,000
Elmbridge £1,152,000
Mole Valley £845,000
Spelthorne £678,000
Reigate & Banstead £459,000
Runneymede £221,000
Surrey Heath -£3,000
Tandridge -£61,000

Other articles:

Parking profits should be coming down, not up. (Guardian, 2 Aug 2013)

Councils rake in millions from parking fines as RAC attacks authorities’ ‘nice little earner’. (The Independent, 1 Aug 2013)

Parking charges: Money-grabbing or investment boost? (BBC article includes news that Guildford is set to launch its 4th park & ride service.) (BBC, 1st August 2013)