Scottish councils’ parking ‘profits’ top £40 million
Local authorities in Scotland
made a £40.3 million surplus or ‘profit’ from their parking activities in
2015/16 - 12% higher than in 2014/15 when £36.1 million was reported.
Data analysed for the RAC
Foundation shows that between them, the 32 councils had a combined income from
their parking activities - charges and penalty income from on- and off-street
parking - of £79.3 million.
However, the combined cost for
councils of running their parking activities was £39 million.
The difference between income and
expenditure is the surplus of £40.3 million.
Once again Edinburgh had the
largest surplus at £19.4 million (up from £17.4 million in 2014/15). It was
followed by Glasgow at £12.6 million (£11.4 million in 2014/15) and Aberdeen
had the third largest surplus at £4.9 million (£4.5 million in 2014/15).
Between them those three local
authorities generated 91% of the total net surplus in Scotland.
Of the 32 councils in Scotland: 15
showed a surplus, two made neither a deficit nor a surplus, 13 showed a deficit
and two did not provide parking accounts
The data come from local
authorities’ annual returns to the Scottish government. However, the official
parking income figures are not broken down into their constituent parts and do
not show how much is derived from penalty charge notices (PCNs) issued by
However, a December 2016 report
by the Scottish Parliament Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee put the
number of parking tickets (PCNs) issued in Scotland in 2015/16 at 466,000 -
creating an income of £14.74 million - broadly in line with the previous year
when 457,000 PCNs were issued.
Steve Gooding, director of the
RAC Foundation, said: “Providing and managing the space for us to park our cars
is not a cost-free activity for councils, but controlling those costs is clearly
“By keeping the bills down and
seeing a rise in parking income there has been a significant increase in the
annual surplus, or profit, councils are making from parking activities. The
good news is that this money must be re-invested in transport services
including, Scottish drivers will expect, maintaining the road network.
“Amongst the numbers in our
report, Scottish motorists will note that a fifth of parking income comes from
the near half a million penalty charge notices issued.”