'Edinburgh Council unpaid parking fines'

D.M. Reid made this Freedom of Information request to City of Edinburgh Council

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From: D.M. Reid

14 December 2010

Dear City of Edinburgh Council,

1. Can you please tell me under the freedom of Information Act how
much Edinburgh city council is currently owed in unpaid parking
fines?

2. Can you tell me how many unpaid parking tickets has been
recorded over the last three years in the Edinburgh local
authority?

3.How many warrants have been issued by the council to pursue
offenders over the last three years?

4.Can you provide a breakdown of what are the most common
make/model of cars currently registered for unpaid fines and
warrants?

Yours faithfully,
D.M. Reid

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From: Freedom of Information
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14 December 2010

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City of Edinburgh Council

15 December 2010

Dear D M Reid

Can you please provide me a with an address and name so I can log your
FOI request correctly?

Thanks

Alison

Alison Langton
Acting Senior Legal Support Officer
The City of Edinburgh Council
Legal and Administrative Services
LP 6
Edinburgh 8
Tel: 0131 529 3619
Fax: 0131 529 3603
email:[email address]

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From: D.M. Reid

16 December 2010

Dear Freedom of Information,

My name is D.M. Reid

My address is -

11/3 Piersfield Grove
Edinburgh
EH8 7BU

Yours sincerely,

D.M. Reid

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16 December 2010

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16 December 2010

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Alison Langton

Alison Langton
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The City of Edinburgh Council
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LP 6
Edinburgh 8
Tel: 0131 529 3619
Fax: 0131 529 3603
email:[email address]

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From: Freedom of Information
City of Edinburgh Council

16 December 2010

Dear Mr Reid

Thank you for your request for information received on 16 December 2010.
Your request is being dealt with under the Freedom of Information
(Scotland) Act 2002.

You will receive the information requested within 20 working days unless
the Council does not hold the information, or there is a reason for it to
be withheld. We will write to you in any event.

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Alison Langton
Acting Senior Legal Support Officer

Access to Information - Central Unit
Level 3:1, Waverley Court, Edinburgh EH8 8BG Tel 0131 200 2340 Fax 529
3603
[Edinburgh City Council request email] www.edinburgh.gov.uk

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From: City Development FOI
City of Edinburgh Council

11 January 2011

Mr David Reid

11/3, Piersfield Grove

Edinburgh, EH8 8AS

E-mail: request-54825-800a7bca@whatdotheyknow

Our RFI ref:
IN410636-197996/RLW Date: 11
January 2011

Dear Mr Reid

Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 - Request for
Information - request for additional time

Subject: FoI REQUEST IN410636-197996 [Unpaid parking fine statistics,
last three years]

Thank you for your request for information dated 16 December 2010 which is
being dealt with under the terms of the Environmental Information
(Scotland) Regulations 2004 as it relates to factors such as energy,
noise, emissions, to conditions of human life, cultural sites and to
measures (including administrative measures) designed to protect the
natural and built environments.

Under section 7 of the Regulations, public authorities can extend the time
for complying with a request by up to 20 working days if the request is
both voluminous and complex. Last year we were able to answer a similar
request about the number of unpaid parking tickets in the preceding three
years. Since then there has been a different IT system installed and I am
advised that my colleagues are still assessing whether we can still
generate the type of reports required to answer your first two enquiries
from the approximately 200,000 penalty charge notices issued each year.

It seems though that it is unlikely that the fourth question about the
most common make/model of cars currently registered for unpaid fines and
warrants can be answered both because of the number of variables involved
and because of the poor quality of data relating to a vehicle's make and
model which can be linked to an unpaid Penalty Charge Notice.

If you have any queries about this decision, please contact the City
Council's Information Team on Tel: 0131 200 2340, E-mail:
[Edinburgh City Council request email].

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ask us to review our actions and decisions by writing to the Head of Legal
and Administrative Services, The City of Edinburgh Council, Waverley Court
Business Centre 3:1, 4, East Market Street, Edinburgh, EH8 8BG or email:
[1]legal.[Edinburgh City Council request email]

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of this letter to ask for a review. You will receive a full response to
your request for review within 20 working days of its receipt. Please
remember to quote the RFI reference number above in any future
communications.

If you are not content with the outcome of the review, you can ask the
Scottish Information Commissioner to review our decision. You must submit
your complaint to the Commissioner within 6 months of receiving our review
response. The Commissioner can be contacted at:

The Office of the Scottish Information Commissioner

Kinburn Castle,Doubledykes Road

St Andrews

Fife KY16 9DS

Telephone: 01334 464610; Fax: 01334 464611

Website [2]www.itspublicknowledge.info

E-mail: [3][email address]

Yours sincerely,

Richard Williams, Principal Practitioner (Planning)
Edinburgh City Council City Development,

Business Centre G3, Waverley Court,

4 East Market Street, EDINBURGH EH8 8BG

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From: Parking Operations Customer Care
City of Edinburgh Council

2 February 2011

Dear Mr Reid

Freedom of Information request - 197996

Thank you for your correspondence sent on 16 December 2010.

In response to your request please note the following:

1. The current outstanding value of unpaid Penalty Charge Notices
(parking tickets) is £2,594,464.21.

2. The total current amount of parking tickets, from the last three
years, that remain outstanding is 23,225.

I am unable to confirm how many tickets were outstanding at the end of
each of the last three years as this total is a rolling total. However I
can confirm the current tickets outstanding from those years are as
follows:

Current
Outstanding
Year Parking Tickets
2008 8059
2009 2512
2010 12654
Total 23225

3. The Charge Certificate has the same status as an extract registered
decree arbitral bearing a warrant for execution issued by the sheriff
court of any sheriffdom of Scotland and contains authority for immediate
enforcement by officers of the court.

This information is recorded by financial year and in the last three
financial years the following cases were sent to the Sheriff Officer for
collection:

Financial Year Cases
2008/09 22,818
2009/10 20,890
2010 - December 2011 12,428

4. Please find below a list of the 20 current most common makes of car
with outstanding parking tickets. I am unable to confirm the model of car
as this information is not an essential requirement for a Parking
Attendant to record when issuing a parking ticket.

Make
Ford
Vauxhall
Volkswagen
Renault
Peugeot
BMW
Citroen
Nissan
Fiat
Audi
Toyota
Honda
Mercedes Benz
Land Rover
Rover
Volvo
Mitsubishi
Mercedes
Mazda
Saab

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appeal to the Scottish Information Commissioner, Kinburn Castle,
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01334 464611, E-mail: [2][email address]. If you wish
to take up this option you should do so within 6 months of receipt of the
response from the Head of Legal and Administrative Services.

If you have any questions or wish to discuss the matter further, please do
not hesitate to contact me on 0131 469 3698.

Yours sincerely

Charlotte Moore
Customer Care Section
Parking Operations
The City of Edinburgh Council
City Chambers

High Street

EH1 1YJ

[3][email address]

Tel :0131 469 3698

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