Wiltshire Council came in for criticism today after it was revealed it had made nearly three quarters of a million pounds by short changing motorists. The amount which puts the county top in the country comes from ticket machines that don't offer any change when you buy a ticket.
Jonty Messer has the following report:
Wiltshire Council made almost £250 thousand a year in unreturned change from parking charges.
A Freedom of Information request from a national newspaper found the council had made 730 thousand pounds over three years by using machines that don't give change.
They say the extra money goes towards transport initiatives.
Wiltshire Council is making around £250,000 a year short-changing motorists in car parks.
It's because the council uses ticket machines which state "no change given".
A national newspaper submitted freedom of information requests to all 348 local authorities in England and Wales.
Wiltshire Council came top – making £730,000 in unreturned change over three years.
Councils in the South West made more than £40 million from car park charges in 2011 to 2012. That's 14% less than last year. But it's a different story nationally, where car park revenues have gone UP by 15%.