Edinburgh council makes £14m a year from parking

Edinburgh City council has made �14m from parking.  Picture: Ian Rutherford
Edinburgh City council has made �14m from parking. Picture: Ian Rutherford
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PARKING fines and charges in Edinburgh produced a profit of £14 million for council chiefs in a year, according to figures released by motoring group the RAC Foundation.

Across Scotland, local authorities made a total of £29m from parking in 20011/12 after operating and capital costs were removed – up from £28.6m in 2010-11.

Edinburgh’s take was seven per cent higher than the previous year.

City transport convener Lesley Hinds said parking enforcement helped to keep traffic moving and promote economic vitality.

She said: “Charges for permits and on-street parking are used to manage demand for limited kerbside space and encourage drivers to make informed choices about their mode of transport.”