Parking fines by councils reach nearly £255 million in 2013. With tables of the top finers by local authority

14th April 2014

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Local councils hit motorists with parking fines worth around £255 million in 2013, according to new analysis of parking charges figures from Churchill Car Insurance.

Excluding parking tickets issued by the police and private companies, the research revealed that approximately 7.8 million parking PCNs were distributed across the UK last year, equating to one ticket issued every four seconds.

Churchill’s analysis of figures secured via a Freedom of Information Act request, shows that the average number of PCNs issued by each responding council last year was 23,068. In total, councils issued tickets worth around £255 million, though the actual amount collected may be lower due to unpaid fines or early settlements.

Westminster, which issued the highest number of PCNs amongst responding councils and generated the most in potential revenues last year, handed drivers almost half a million (455,390) parking fines, which is more than four times the number of residents living in the area.

In total, the London-based council issued tickets worth over £24 million, almost a tenth of the UK total.

In fact, councils in London distributed a significantly higher number of parking fines than anywhere else in the country, with the top 13 locations for total PCNs issued all being London boroughs.

Outside of the capital, Cardiff council issued the highest number of parking fines at 56,766 and North Somerset generated the most revenue at £2,250,130.

Despite 7.8 million tickets being issued in 2013, just 445,818 PCNs were successfully appealed during the year, roughly equivalent to six per cent of the total PCNs issued.

The highest number of appeals was in Haringey, where 21,617, or 13 per cent, were successfully challenged.

Steve Barrett, head of Churchill Car Insurance says: “Parking regulations are a hugely important part of keeping roads safe and clear, but it’s also essential that fines are fair and proportionate. In many areas, parking restrictions can be confusing and appear inconsistent, so we’d urge motorists to be vigilant when parking their vehicles to avoid hefty fines.

“The capital is extremely congested so we’d expect to see a higher number of restrictions in place and penalties being issued. However, there is a fine line between fair and opportunistic that councils shouldn’t be tempted to cross.”

Figures compiled from the 187 responses to Freedom of Information Act requests issued to the 435 UK councils, in February 2014.  National estimates based on pro-rata scaling for all local councils.

Churchill adds that it has included details of the responses provided by 187 local councils. As such, councils quoted as being the highest or in the ‘top 10’ may not necessarily hold this place if compared to all UK councils.

In addition, some councils may outsource parking regulation or undertake parking regulation on behalf of others.

Table one: Responding councils that issued the highest number of PCNs in 2013

Top 10 councils UK Number of PCNs issued in 2013
Westminster City Council 455,390
Newham London Borough Council 186,414
Barnet London Borough Council 171,545
Haringey London Borough Council 163,627
Croydon London Borough Council 108,409
Kingston upon Thames Royal Borough 94,618
Enfield London Borough Council 92,886
Hackney London Borough Council 90,095
Barking and Dagenham London Borough Council 88,566
Merton London Borough Council 86,817

Table two: Responding councils that issued the highest number of PCNs in 2013 outside of London

Top 10 councils outside of London Number of PCNs issued in 2013
Cardiff Council 56,766
Cornwall Council 47,002
Oxfordshire County Council 37,777
Sefton Council 37,320
Swansea City and Borough Council 35,543
Lincolnshire County Council 35,275
Bournemouth Borough Council 34,936
Portsmouth City Council 34,510
Milton Keynes Council 32,421
Maidstone Borough Council 30,848

Source: Churchill Car Insurance

Table three: Highest parking revenues amongst responding councils in 2013

Top 10 councils UK Revenue due from PCNs in 2013
Westminster City Council £                          24,290,255
Barnet London Borough Council £                             8,876,011
Haringey London Borough Council £                             7,679,928
Kingston upon Thames Royal Borough £                             4,856,982
Enfield London Borough Council £                             4,071,367
City of London £                             4,016,624
Lewisham London Borough Council £                             2,640,576
North Somerset District Council £                             2,250,130
Lincolnshire County Council £                             2,196,590
Cardiff Council £                             2,008,595

Source: Churchill Car Insurance

Table four: Highest parking revenues amongst responding councils outside of London in 2013

Top 10 councils outside of London Revenue due from PCNs in 2013
North Somerset District Council £                             2,250,130
Lincolnshire County Council £                             2,196,590
Cardiff Council £                             2,008,595
Cornwall Council £                             1,988,956
Scarborough Borough Council £                             1,772,029
Kirklees Council £                             1,699,120
Hartlepool Borough Council £                             1,474,289
Windsor and Maidenhead Royal Borough Council £                             1,423,480
Portsmouth City Council £                             1,294,232
Swindon Borough Council £                             1,215,961

 

 

 

 

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