Is Your Street A Car Fine Hell?

Thu 21st Jul 2022

Motorists across the UK know they are running the gauntlet of a myriad of potential fines when they take to the roads. They could accidentally stray into a bus lane, unavoidably stop in a box junction, or simply park in a spot which the council has deemed worthy of penalty.

Data published this week by price comparison website Confused has revealed which roads in Britain are most likely to land you with a fine, with once again motorists in London hit the hardest. There’s no logical explanation why car owners in the capital should receive more fines than anywhere else in the country, perhaps the local authorities think that every other agency is taking their cut of the motorist, so why shouldn’t they?

Browning Road is Newham, East London is the worst street for driving fines according to the analysis which came about from a Freedom of Information request. The unlucky drivers on that street paid a total of £3.3m in fines, from a huge sum of 67,557 tickets and its the same story for councils across London, with Newham one of five councils in the capital to rake in more than £1m in the 20/21 financial year. The top ten expensive roads for fines are all in London, with the most expensive stretch of highway outside of capital coming in Stockport Road, Manchester, with just 5,258 fines handed out at a cost of £193,893 to the unlucky motorists.

The analysis shows that with higher car crime, bigger congestion and emission zone fees, and more clogged up congestion, owning a car in London can be a severe stretch on finances.

“Just like many of our motoring bills, the cost of penalty charge notices (PCNs) is an extra strain on the pockets of drivers,” said Alex Kindred from Confused.

A third (33%) of drivers believe that councils should spend more money on making road signs clearer, so that drivers don’t have to fork out for unfair fines in the first place. In turn, this would make roads safer, drivers less confused, and help to reduce the cost of driving.

“Our research found that more than half (52%) of motorists who received a PCN for a parking offence have appealed it. But only a small number of drivers (6%) feel that their local council has an easy process to appeal a PCN fine.

“If you've received a PCN fine, you might be able to challenge the decision if you think it was unfair. The process may vary depending on your local authority, so it's important to check this before doing so. If you wish to challenge your fine, you should do so within 28 days.”