London boroughs make up nine out of ten councils that issued the most tickets in the UK between January 1st 2020 and July 31st 2020, according to Freedom of Information (FoI) requests submitted by Access Self Storage to the 429 local councils across the UK.
Responses were received from 250 councils. The total number of tickets issued by all the councils that responded was 3,094,829, and the total fine amount was £112,761,254.95.
The City of Westminster topped the list, handing out 114,992 tickets and collecting £4.89 million, followed by the City of London Corporation (100,356 tickets and a fine amount of £5.08 million). The only council outside of London included in the top ten is Brighton and Hove City Council at number seven, having handed out 66,357 tickets at a total fine amount of £2.07 million, although this includes bus lane and CCTV parking charges. The data on the top 20 councils by tickets issued and total fine amounts is hosted on the Access Self Storage blog and can be accessed here:https://www.accessstorage.com/news/features/data-reveals-most-expensive-parking-fines-in-the-uk
Local London resident Katy Bloomfield says: “Just trying to find parking in London is a nightmare, let alone then getting a ticket for it! I always try and look out for resident permit signs but it can get a bit confusing and I’ve definitely been caught out before. Using the car felt like the better choice during lockdown but it’s hard when you don’t know if you can park anywhere without getting a fine.”
Kevin Pratt at Access Self Storage says: “Local councils across the country are making millions from parking fines, particularly in London. If you’re in London and need to park your car, make sure you read the signs on the road carefully and try to plan ahead. A lot of our branches offer vehicle storage and with 57 stores nationwide, one is likely to be nearby!.”