Councils dole out a parking ticket every 4 seconds

Bitterwallet - appeal parking tickets According to reports, local councils issued in advance of eight million parking tickets last year. Or, if you prefer, that's one every 4 seconds. This has seen motorists paying out more than £255 million in fines.

What's worse is that these are only from the figures available under freedom of information laws. Seeing as less than half of the local authorities in Britain replied to the survey, the figures are going to be much higher.

The folks at Churchill Car Insurance carried out the research and said that Westminster City Council issued the highest number of parking notices, giving out 455,390 fines worth £24 million or more.

The top 13 locations for parking fines were all in London. Away from the capital, Cardiff council issued the most with North Somerset generated the most revenue.

Eric Pickles, the Communities Secretary, said: "The law is clear. Councils should not use parking as a tax or cash cow, and we are currently looking into the potentially illegal use of councils' parking contracts. Councils should open their books so that any interested members of the public can scrutinise local parking practice and expose any dodgy deals."

"This Government is reining in over-zealous parking enforcement and unfair parking practices in England, with the levels of parking penalty charges being kept under review. We have scrapped Whitehall planning policy that encouraged councils to hike parking charges and removed restrictions around the provision of off-street parking spaces."

"We also recently announced further reforms including stopping CCTV being used for on-street parking enforcement and reviewing unnecessary yellow lines."

What do you make of that then? Not really surprising news, but is anyone going to do anything about it, or is it just a load of hot air?


  • Alexis
    Maybe Pickles should look be looking at the fact that most councils outsource to private companies like NSL (part of NCP). Maybe, just maybe, that might have something to do with excessive ticketing.
    You got it in one, hot air from Pickles,Councils told him to go forth and multiply when he tried to force weekly bin collections on them and they will do the same with this load of tosh.
  • Parking G.
    Or there are 8 million people (or 1 person, 8 million times) who think they can park wherever and whenever they want and that the rules do not apply to them. Anything that Eric Pickles says in relation to the matter is purely base level electioneering along with bingo, pasty and caravan taxes. If there is a restriction, don't park there. If there is a restriction but it isn't clear, then pay the fine, take it to court and get it over turned. It's not rocket surgery.
  • Larry
    I live in London. My area is awash with illegal parking but enforcement do very little. I recently called 111 when my road was completely blocked by cars parked on double red lines and the police didn't bother attending.

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