MOTORISTS parking illegally in Chiswick High Road have racked up nearly £11 million in fines over the last two years.
Almost 44,500 drivers – more than 60 a day - have been caught by cameras along the busy stretch since they became active in July 2007.
Fines from the road, generated by both the cameras and traffic wardens, boosted council coffers to the tune of £5.56 during the last financial year and £5.26m during 2007/8.
The figures came to light following a Freedom of Information (FOI) request by a Jeff Stewart, which was posted on the website www.whatdotheyknow.com .
Alex Henney, general secretary of the London Motorists Action Group, which campaigns against 'excessive' parking charges, accused Civic Centre chiefs of being more interested in generating cash than controlling traffic.
“This is a blatant example of tax farming by the indiscriminate use of CCTV cameras to issue penalty charge notices (PCNs) for trivialities,” he said. “What the council should do is to investigate the reasons for these fines and, if it's interested in parking management, as opposed to tax farming, analyse what measures can be taken to reduce the number of fines being issued.”
Chiswick High Road stretches about two miles, from Kew Bridge station in the west to Stamford Brook tube station in the east, and a council spokeswoman said it had possibly the greatest pressure on parking of any area in the borough.
She added that during the two years in question, approximately 290,000 PCNs had been issued across the borough.
She described the signs already in place as 'adequate' and said traffic wardens are not paid depending on the number of fines they issue.