Councils dole out a parking ticket every 4 seconds
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?