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Drivers pay the price as the number of parking fines rockets

Drivers in London were hardest hit by parking fines, the City of Westminster topped the list, with 345,245 fines issued in 2022. Followed by the London Borough of Camden (284,260 fines), and London Borough of Hackney (274,067 fines). In total, London boroughs accounted for 36.7% of the parking fines issued in 2022
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13 February 2024

DRIVERS are being warned to be extra vigilant when parking as new research from Churchill motor insurance found a 64% increase in the number of parking fines (Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) or Excess Charge Notice (ECN)) issued by councils between 2020 and 2022.

Drivers in London were hardest hit by parking fines, the City of Westminster topped the list, with 345,245 fines issued in 2022. Followed by the London Borough of Camden (284,260 fines), and London Borough of Hackney (274,067 fines). In total, London boroughs accounted for 36.7% of the parking fines issued in 2022. Outside of London, Bristol (267,412), Manchester (223,940), Edinburgh (167,474), and Glasgow (145,081) also saw a large number of penalty notices handed out.

Up to 30th June 2023, four councils had already issued over one hundred thousand Parking Enforcement Notices and were on track to meet the previous year’s number of notices, if not exceed the total number.

Council Up to June 30, 2023, Parking Enforcement Notices 2022 Parking Enforcement Notices
The City of Westminster 172,488 345,245
Manchester City Council 128,916 223,940
London Borough of Hackney 110,372 274,067
City of Glasgow 107,036 145,081

In 2022, councils reported more than £165million in revenues from parking fines, with seven councils generating more than £10 million in profit after paying contractors2.

Top 10 UK council net revenue generators in 2022

Council 2022 Net Revenue
London Borough of Merton £17,518,032
London Borough of Camden £17,099,000
London Borough of Hackney £13,442,942
London Borough of Hounslow £12,959,611
London Borough of Brent £12,715,000
Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea £11,521,000
London Borough of Islington £11,382,599
London Borough of Croydon £7,562,135
London Borough of Redbridge £5,172,161
Manchester City Council £4,231,399

 

Nicholas Mantel, Head of Churchill motor insurance, said: “Life can be hectic, it’s easy to lose track of time and overstay in a paid parking space or to briefly park on double yellow lines to quickly drop something off, but as our data reveals, councils are increasing the number of parking enforcement notices they issue so drivers need to be extra vigilant when parking to avoid these hefty fines.”

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Chris Wright

Chris Wright

Chris Wright has been covering the automotive industry nationally and internationally for 30 years. Following spells with consumer titles he became News Editor of Automotive Management (AM), Editor of Automotive International, International Editor for Detroit-based Automotive News, and Editor of Dealer Update. He has also co-authored several FT Management Reports and contributes regularly to Justauto.com

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