Be Careful Where You Park It Could Cost You

Mon 18th Jan 2021

Councils in the UK are raking in vast profits in parking fines with some in London bringing in more than £10m a year.

While the average council can pull in around £850,000 in fines, the London Borough of Newham is collecting an eye-watering £10.6million, with 239,000 PCN’s issued at £44.46 a go.

The research, which was pulled together by Compare The Market, found that London authorities had six of the the most lucrative parking fine policies in the UK, with only Glasgow City Council able to make an impact in the top ten earners.

The average parking fine in the UK doesn’t seem too bad at £37, although drivers in Haringey (£72.04), Gosport (£66.25) and Durham (£57.93) might argue otherwise with the top three highest fines.

Dan Hutson, head of motor at Compare the Market, 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.”



PCN's issued

Total revenue

Average fine

Location with highest number

London Borough of Newham




Browning road

London Borough of Haringey




High Road N17

London Borough of Ealing




Longfield Avenue/New Broadway

London Borough of Redbridge




Ilford Lane

London Borough of Enfield




Montagu Road/Conduit Lane

London Borough of Lambeth




Acre Lane

London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham




Macfarlane Road

London Borough of Islington




St John Street

London Borough of Brent




Kingsbury Road

London Borough of Bexley




Bellegrove Road, Welling

Source: FOI to local councils by Compare the Market in August 2020