Will Quince, a British Conservative Politician serving as a member of parliament has come under fire for a social media post he made on Twitter. Quince posted a tweet on the 5th of August 2017 where he complained in a series of outburst about a £54 parking fine he had received for being 10 minutes late.
The Buckinghamshire born politician, representing Colchester truly believes himself to be a man of the people and opined that those in the lower income bracket are unreasonably affected by high parking fines. The Tory MP’s views are hypocritical of a politician who in the past, has regularly voted against social welfare and benefits.
How Will Quince Voted for Taxation and Employment
Always voted for increasing the inception when people should start paying income tax
Consistently voted for greater taxes on alcoholic beverages
Unwaveringly voted for tighter restriction for the regulation of trade union activity.
It is also important to note that the recent tax and benefits changes by the Tory led administration favour high-income earning workers while taking more money from low-income earners who will end up paying more in taxes and fines.
How do Councils Benefit from Parking Fees and Fines?
Recent studies by the RAC Foundation show that councils earned a 34% increase in 2015 than they did in 2010. In 2016 alone, local authorities (353 local councils) raked in an eye- popping sum of over £756 million despite a national government warning not turn car parks into the new money-spinning machine.
Research reveals the amount spent by councils on policy parking is less by 2% but profit from charges increased by 4% netting councils hundreds of millions in income.
Although Local Government Leaders have reiterated that the money gained from parking fees and fine is, reinvested back into the councils hard pressed for funding.
Are Income Based Parking Fines a smart idea?
In spite of your income range, there is a good chance you will receive a parking fine at some point. Suggestions have been made to amend the law so high-income earners pay more than the wealthy, a measure that will lessen the burden on poor British residents.
Protagonists for the idea posit that a fine of £200 for a person earning over a million pounds annually is petty change while the same fine for someone earning £6000 a year is a lot of money. An example is given of Sweden where parking fees are inferred on income. The rich are made to pay fines sometimes in excess of £500,000 for over speeding, a sum that forces the driver to rethink his actions the next time he wants to go for a jolly ride in his fast car.
However, we do not live in a perfect world and a line must be drawn to make the payment fair for all. How are the incomes of the ‘rich’ and the ‘poor’ determined and what rate of calculations will be used to charge both economic classes of residents.
The intricacies of such a scheme might be so complex it would be difficult to implement. Some drivers might falsify financial details to pay less and any scheme would be open to people manipulating the system.
However justified the Tory MPs post may have been, it remains a fickle dream to create a system where parking fines that be proportionate to the Driver’s income bracket.