Municipalities issue almost 20,000 parking fines every day

UK councils handed out an average of almost 20,000 parking fines every day last year, according to a new analysis.

Figures from Churchill Motor Insurance suggest local authorities imposed fines of £19,631 a day in 2022.

That is 12% more than in the previous year.

We encourage drivers to always check parking signs carefullyNicholas Mantel, Churchill Motor Insurance

This boosted local government revenue to an estimated £777,287 a day last year, £35,113 more than in 2021.

The analysis is based on data provided by the 230 UK councils that responded to freedom of information requests.

Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs), also known as fines, are issued when drivers violate parking regulations, e.g. B. by parking on double yellow lines or on a single yellow line at a prohibited time.

Fines can be up to £130 in London or up to £70 outside the capital.

The penalty is usually halved if a driver pays within 14 days.

Islington Council in north London handed out more fines than any other local authority, with a daily average of 1,012.

Birmingham City Council (373), Southampton City Council (313) and Cardiff Council (279) issued the most parking fines outside of London.

Nicholas Mantel, head of Churchill Motor Insurance, said: “Motorists across the UK are regularly caught off guard by tightened and sometimes complicated parking restrictions.

“We would encourage drivers to always check parking signs carefully to ensure they are not paying expensive fines.

“When drivers receive a parking fine, they have 28 days to pay it or appeal to an independent court.”

Latest analysis by the PA news agency found that the number of parking tickets issued by private companies in the UK averaged nearly 30,000 a day between April and June last year, a 50% increase over the same period in 2021.

Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, said: “Wherever they turn and wherever they stop, on or off road, drivers are threatened with parking penalties.

“Between the 20,000 tickets issued daily by municipalities and the 30,000 issued by private parking companies, motorists appear to be facing a positive barrage of fines and charges – roughly every two seconds.

“Parking rules are there for a reason and should be respected, but at a time when household budgets are under such pressure, these numbers raise the obvious question of whether or not millions of motorists are really risking a hefty bill for bad parking they park overzealously. Enforcement jeopardizes other goals, like revitalizing our high streets post-pandemic.”

A spokesman for the Local Government Association, which represents councils in England and Wales, said: “Receipts from on-street parking and parking fines are spent on running parking services. Any surplus will be spent on key transport projects, including tackling the £11 billion road repairs backlog, reducing congestion, tackling poor air quality and supporting local bus services.” Municipalities issue almost 20,000 parking fines every day

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