Is This City The Parking Ticket Capital Of Britain?

Wed 25th May 2022

Motorists who drive into a city centre know that they are taking a huge risk these days if they attempt to park anywhere other than an expensive car park.

Almost every road in an urban area these days has some form of restriction, meaning that if you leave your car there, even for a few minutes, there is a very high likelihood that you will end up with a penalty charge notice, more commonly known as a parking ticket.

There were 5.2million PCNs handed out last year, up by eight per cent in 2020, and pulling in impressive revenues of almost £255m, and there were clear winners in terms of which local authorities did the most ticketing and collected most cash.

Research from Churchill Motor Insurance has found which local authorities were the most prolific, with Manchester coming top of the table. Drivers in the North West city were hit by an astonishing 341,000 parking tickets in 2021, up by 27 per cent on the previous period. But Westminster, which issued 274,000 PCNs, and sits second on the list, clearly has more expensive taste and those caught in the London borough paid an eye-watering £32.3m.

“It is becoming increasingly difficult for motorists in towns and cities across Britain to find spots to park, especially for free, as local authorities seek to reduce congestion and put ever more controls in place,” said Nicholas Mantel, head of Churchill Motor Insurance.

“Nearly two thirds of councils have brought in new rules recently, meaning there are many roads with restrictions in place that didn’t have them in 2020. The last thing drivers need is to come back to a fine, so it’s vital to double check the parking signs before leaving your car.”

Local authorities are making it increasingly hard to park for free in city centres, claiming that they are focused on reducing congestion. However, with six of the top nine top PCN issuers being in London, where ULEZ exists, it is hard to justify that argument. 

The research from the insurer showed that there are now some 80,200 roads with a restriction in place, up by 1,200 in the previous year.