Car boss ‘astounded’ by high parking fines

FINES: A survey has revealed how much we pay in parking fines and the worst places to get caught.
FINES: A survey has revealed how much we pay in parking fines and the worst places to get caught.

Motorists have forked out up to £275,290,000 in parking fines over the last three years.

A total of 2,752,900 parking fines were issued in Britain between 2014 and 2017, with 941,888 tickets handed out in 2016 alone.

Car leasing specialist UK Carline analysed the parking fines issued by councils across the country between January 2014 and December 2016, to discover when and where people are most likely to be hit with a dreaded parking ticket.

Saturday is the day you’re most likely to get penalised. Councils issued 430,035 Saturday parking tickets in the three-year period, which is three per cent higher than the average weekday.

Last year was a particularly expensive year for parking tickets, with £94,188,800 worth being issued across the country in 12 months.

Jonathan Nolan, general manager at UK Carline, said: “We were astounded at the amount of parking tickets British motorists have received in the last two years, and even more shocked about the millions of pounds the UK pays out every year on fines.”

The study also revealed the top ten areas in the UK with the highest fines. Bradford was the only place in West Yorkshire to feature (see right). Mr Nolan added: “We felt especially bad for anyone caught out with one of the 86,427 parking tickets issued in October last year – the highest number in the last three years.

“While we know that many of these fines are justified, drivers can occasionally be unfairly issued with parking tickets. Fortunately, if you are one of the two million drivers hit with a ticket over the past three years, there are ways of appealing, and it doesn’t necessarily take too much time or effort. It’s well worth taking a look at the ways you can appeal – it could save you a lot of money and hassle.”

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