The Daily Mail reports that councils are seeking permission from the Government to sharply increase parking fines. Six councils have written to the Department of Transport asking for the power to increase parking fines. The British Parking Association (which includes owners of private car parks) is also lobbying for fines to be increased. They argue they are not a sufficient deterrent at present. For instance in Cambridge it costs £23 a day to park and the standard fine for non payment is £50 – which is halved if paid promptly.

But another way if looking at it is that the cost of parking is too high. This situation could be eased by the creation of more parking spaces.

The cynical element will suspect that councils are seeking to make a profit from parking enforcement – even though this in breach of their guidelines.