PARKING PROFITS: THE COUNCILS MAKING MILLIONS FROM PARKING FINES

Published: 19/01/2021
  • Local authorities raked in £850,000, on average, in revenue from parking fines in the last year
  • Drivers caught breaking parking rules are fined £37 on average, rising to £41 in some areas
  • Councils are issuing 63 parking fines a day, with some issuing as many as 307 per day

19 January 2021 – London Borough of Newham is the parking fine capital of the UK, issuing nearly a quarter of a million fines over the space of a year (239,000) and raking in more than £10 million in revenue, according to new research from comparethemarket.com.

The research shows that councils are charging more than £850,000 in parking fines a year on average, with some gathering more than 10 times that amount.

Nine of the 10 local authorities taking in the most cash from parking fines are in Greater London, with each council collecting more than £4 million in revenue in fines each year. Outside of London, the City of Glasgow and Birmingham City Council were the local authorities most likely to issue a ticket. Wellington Street in Glasgow and Alum Rock Road in Birmingham are the top parking fine hotspots in those cities.

The average parking fine issued by councils across the UK is £37, rising to £41 on average in the 20 local authorities that made the most revenue from parking fines. Drivers in London Borough of Haringey, Gosport Borough Council, and Durham County Council were issued with the highest fines costing them £72.04, £66.25, and £57.93 on average respectively.

In the last year local authorities, on average, issued nearly 23,000 parking fines – with the 20 authorities that issued the most fines handing out nearly 2.2 million fines between them.

Up and down the country local authorities are issuing 63 parking fines a day – rising to 307 fines per day by the 20 local authorities issuing the most fines.

Dan Hutson, head of motor at comparethemarket.com said:

“Parking fine revenues are a cash cow for many local authorities. Up and down the country drivers are regularly being caught out by tight parking restrictions. With the third lockdown now in place, we would encourage drivers to take extra care and attention when parking up their car to ensure they avoid a parking fine.”

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Top 10 London Local Authorities for Parking Fines

Council PCN's issued Total revenue Average fine Location with highest number
London Borough of Newham 239,000 £10,625,600.00 £44.46 Browning road
London Borough of Haringey 137,415 £9,898,840.00 £72.04 High Road N17
London Borough of Ealing 157,759 £8,372,318.20 £53.07 Longfield Avenue/New Broadway
London Borough of Redbridge 132,084 £6,484,034.21 £49.09 Ilford Lane
London Borough of Enfield 131,820 £6,071,032.00 £46.06 Montagu Road/Conduit Lane
London Borough of Lambeth 121,895 £6,023,222.76 £49.41 Acre Lane
London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham 117,098 £5,570,366.00 £47.57 Macfarlane Road
London Borough of Islington 132,582 £5,479,328.00 £41.33 St John Street
London Borough of Brent 105,986 £4,662,650.00 £43.99 Kingsbury Road
London Borough of Bexley 129,667 £4,361,000.00 £33.63 Bellegrove Road, Welling

 

Top 10 ex-London Local Authorities for Parking Fines

Council PCN's issued Total revenue Average fine Location with highest number
City of Glasgow 104,938 £5,484,781.03 £52.27 Wellington Street
Birmingham City Council 112,735 £3,951,065.00 £35.05 Alum Rock Road
Brighton and Hove City Council 106,037 £2,835,025.64 £26.74 Madeira Drive
Liverpool City Council 63,831 £2,495,815.00 £39.10 Mount Pleasant Car Park
East Sussex County Council 42,531 £2,029,072.00 £47.71 High Street, Lewes
Newcastle upon Tyne City Council 59,013 £1,880,248.91 £31.86 Dean Street Multi Story
Medway Council 64,648 £1,577,274.29 £24.40 Blue Boar Lane Car Park
Bournemouth Borough Council 57,118 £1,544,610.00 £27.04 Chirstchurch Road, Bournemouth
Cardiff Council 49,781 £1,489,450.00 £29.92 Windsor Place, Cardiff City Centre
Oxfordshire County Council 42,525 £1,411,739.00 £33.20 St Giles, Oxford

Notes to editors:

The data is from Freedom of Information request sent to local authorities in August 2020. The data covers the period from August 2019 to July 2020.The information is based on the responses of 204 councils that responded with information.

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