Hackney Council has made nearly £1.5 million from parking tickets in Victoria Ward during the last three years, a Freedom of Information request has revealed.
Since the beginning of 2014, a total of 24,733 Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) have been issued in Victoria, with the total income received by the council standing at £1,442,603.76 as of 5th October 2016.
However, the number of PCNs being issued by the council in the Ward have actually fallen over the last three years, dropping from 10,747 in the whole of 2014 to 7806 in 2015 and just 6180 so far in 2016.
The most profitable year for the council was 2014, in which the total income received by the Council from parking tickets in the Ward was £679,590.76. So far this year, the council have made just £284,099 from PCNs in Victoria.
The average fine for a PCN in the ward has also fallen in recent years, from £63.24 in 2014 to £45.97 in 2016.
Hackney Council state that money received from PCNs and parking permits in the borugh can only be used to cover costs of managing the scheme such as maintaining signs, lines and posts and parking enforcement, or for activities specified in Section 55 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act, including road safety initiatives and freedom passes for disabled people and people over 60.
There are currently has two levels of charges for PCNs in Hackney, depending on the level of disruption to traffic and other motorists. More serious offences are charged at £130, whilst lower level offences are charged £80. A 50 per cent discount is applied to the charge if it is paid within 14 days for a moving traffic, bus lane or Civil Enforcement Officer PCN, or 21 days for a CCTV parking PCN. PCNs can be reviewed and challenged within 28 days using CCTV footage available on the Hackney Council website.