Parking enforcement amounts to an extortion racket. The most egregious feature is the way it makes you guess how long you might need instead of enabling you to pay on departure. How many penalty tickets have been issued over the years because we needed longer than we thought, and returned late? How many people curtail their shopping or social occasions through fear of a penalty ticket? How much stress is caused and town centre commerce damaged by parking control? Misappropriated money is then misspent on expanding the anti-social system.