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Parking fines raised more than £4 million for government department last year

More than £4 million was collected by the Department for Infrastructure in parking fines last year
John Monaghan

MORE than £4 million was collected in parking fines across the north by the Department for Infrastructure last year.

Infrastructure Minister Chris Hazzard said that the total amount raised between April 2015 and March 2016 was £4.42m, and claimed it was income which was "required to finance the services my department provides".

The minister said: "The budget my department receives from the Department of Finance to provide its services is allocated on a net expenditure basis. This means the budget allocated is reduced by the income my department expects to receive.

"Therefore the revenue received from parking PCNs is required to finance the services my department provides."

He added: "Any surplus revenue received is returned to the Department of Finance who may make this available for allocation to other departments."

Mr Hazzard released the figures in response to an assembly question from DUP Upper Bann MLA Carla Lockhart.

Parking tickets carry a £90 fine but are halved if the driver pays within 14 days.

In August a Freedom of Information request by The Irish News revealed that one car had received 51 tickets in two years, racking up a £5,000 bill in the process.

Another car amassed more than £3,200 worth of parking tickets.

Nearly 77,000 parking tickets were issued across Northern Ireland during 2015, a drop from 108,000 the previous year.

In April it emerged that drivers in Coalisland, Co Tyrone, had not received a single ticket from parking attendants for six years in a row.

More than 100 threats against parking attendants were reported to police in the 18 months from May 2014.

In 2008, parking attendants were withdrawn from parts of west Belfast after receiving threats from dissident republicans.

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