Parking: UK councils collect £19.5m in fines as drivers demand cheaper rates

Last year, Browning Road in Newham, London, saw drivers receive 67,557 tickets, with more than £3.3m collected. The data, from Confused.com, found that councils collected a staggering £19.5 million in parking fines for offenses committed on the 103 main streets.

According to the research, the five main streets where councils collected the most PCN fines each collected more than £1 million last year.

This includes Dermody Road in Lewisham and Lansdown Drive in Hackney, which grossed over £2.8m from over 47,000 admissions.

On two other streets, Cornhill in the City of London and Wapping High Street in Tower Hamlets, drivers were fined more than £1m.

While the data found that many of the highest-performing streets were in London, there are major roads outside the capital responsible for fining drivers.

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Outside the capital, Stockport Road in Manchester raised over £193,000.

Other large revenues outside London were found at Derby, Stoke, Blackburn, Southend, Bristol and Slough.

Drivers can receive a PCN for a variety of reasons, including parking violations, swerving into bus lanes, or blocking a yellow box crossing.

Alex Kindred, auto insurance expert at confused.comcommented on the data, saying: “Like many of our car bills, the cost of PCNs is an additional burden on drivers’ pockets.

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“A third of drivers believe that municipalities should spend more money on making road signs clearer, so drivers don’t have to fork out unfair fines in the first place.

“In turn, this would make roads safer, drivers less confused and help reduce the cost of driving.

“Our research found that more than half of motorists who received a PCN for a parking violation appealed it.

“But only a small number of drivers (six per cent) feel that their local council has an easy process for appealing a PCN ticket.”

Through additional research by Confused.com, more than a third of drivers said that municipalities make too much money penalizing drivers through PCN.

For one in two drivers who said they had received a PCN, the average amount paid in fines was £72.

Some 53 per cent of drivers told Confused.com that they think anything between £11 and £40 is a reasonable price to pay as a consequence.

As the costs of living continue to rise, drivers who receive PCN will no doubt feel the pressure of additional motoring costs.

More than two in five believe that parking tickets are too expensive and more than one in three believe that parking costs, in general, should be reduced amid the rising cost of living.

More than half of motorists who received a PCN for a parking violation say they appealed it.

However, data shows that more than 73 percent of appeals were successful, with drivers paying a reduced price or nothing at all.

If drivers receive a PCN ticket, they may be able to challenge the decision if they believe it was unfair.

The process may vary depending on the local authority involved, so drivers should check before doing so.

If they want to contest their ticket, drivers must do so within 28 days.

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