Wolverhampton council chasing driver with £6,000 in unpaid parking fines
Enforcement agents for Wolverhampton council have been ordered to track down a driver who has managed to ignore 136 separate penalty charges related to parking – in just a single year.
The rule-breaking driver, who remains unidentified under data protection laws, now owes £6,620 in parking fines. The majority of the penalties were handed out in a single car park, on Whitmore Street in the city.
Council officials said that the vehicle is registered in the UK, but refused to confirm the make and model. Lib Dem campaigner Rob Quarmby urged the Labour-run council to take action.
"The idea that someone owes the council over six grand is shocking," he said.
"This person needs to pay what they owe."
Councillor Steve Evans, cabinet member for city environment at Wolverhampton Council responded, saying: "We have identified the owner of the vehicle and enforcement agents have been instructed to recover all outstanding debt on behalf of the council.
He reassured residents that parking enforcement was in hand around the city, saying: "Penalty Charge Notices are issued to motorists who park in contravention; as a result of overstaying their paid for time while parked in an on or off-street pay and display bay, or having not paid for parking in the first place.
"The council will continue to pursue inconsiderate drivers who park in contravention and choose to ignore legal notices."
It's not the first time in recent weeks drivers have been issued with some seriously expensive parking fines. One music promoter was slapped with £320 in fines after just 37 minutes of parking, while last year, three NHS nurses lost their case against a parking operator after they racked up a total of £4,077 in unpaid fines between them.