More parking tickets being issued by fewer wardens
Those in the know might say that the economy is shrinking, but one area where there has been impressive growth is the issuing of parking tickets. An impressive 6.8m tickets were handed out by councils across the land in 2011, 4% up on the previous year, with one handed out every 4.6 seconds and £234m raised as a result.
Even more impressive is the fact that the number of wardens has dropped, from 3,882 in 2010 to 3,693 in 2011. Well done to the lads and lasses who are working even harder to spot those naughty parkers and bring them to justice. Having said that, they don’t always get it right, and one in four tickets were disputed in 2011, with a 39% success rate for those who fought back against ‘The Man’.
Not including That London, Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham are the three cities where you are most likely to get a ticket, with more than 146,000 handed out in the Scouse city.
The government are taking something of a stern view of it all – local government minister Bob Neill parped: “There is no excuse for town halls using parking fines and motorists as cash cows. There are plenty of other ways for councils to raise extra income or make savings like better procurement and sharing back-office services.
"We want to see councils use parking to support the high street and help their local shops prosper. That's why we have ended the last government's requirements to limit spaces, push up parking charges and encourage aggressive parking enforcement.”
What do you reckon dear readers? Is it becoming harder and harder to park without getting a ticket or are the wardens slapping them out here, there and everywhere and just hoping they’ll get away with it. Also, what’s the largest vehicle you’ve ever parked, and what’s the smallest? We’re genuinely interested.