Life’s A Beach… And Then You’re Fined

Mon 31st Aug 2020

A new survey has found the coastal resort car parks where you are are most likely to get fined after sunning yourself in the sea and sand.

With this Bank Holiday Monday likely to be one of the busiest motoring days of a disrupted 2020, drivers are being warned to make sure they abide by the local parking regulations at some of the UK’s most popular beach resorts.

Coastal councils issued a total of 1.7 million parking tickets in 2019 according to research from insurance firm Churchill, with the summer months proving to be a lucrative period for the authorities keen to cash in on the migration.

It’s expected that Britiain’s beaches could see an average of 387,000 visitors a day over this Bank Holiday weekend, and with many councils restricting routes due to COVID regulations, parking will be at a premium more than ever. But councils are happy to collect from those who are outstaying their welcome on car parks, collecting a total of £2.5 million in fines during the summer months last year.

Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole Council issued the most fines last summer, a total of 3,105, with the popular beach of Hengistbury Head collecting the most fines. Bridlington South Beach in the East Riding of Yorkshire was a close second.

 

Rank

Local authority

Major beach in the area

Tickets issued

1

Bournemouth Christchurch and Poole Council

Hengistbury Head Beach

3,105

2

East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Bridlington South Beach

2,858

3

Thanet District Council

Botany Bay

1,979

4

East Lindsey District Council

Sutton-on-Sea

1,855

5

Brighton and Hove City Council

Brighton Beach

1,577

6

Denbighshire Council

Rhyl Beach Front

1,455

7

Northumberland County Council

Bamburgh Castle Beach

1,118

8

Highland Council

Dornoch Beach

1,107

9

South Tyneside Metropolitan Borough Council

Sandhaven Beach

1,043

10

Bridgend County Borough Council

Newton Beach

1,042

Source: Chruchill Car Insurance FOI request to councils for volume of parking tickets issued from June-September 2019

 

Jane Morgan, business manager at Churchill Car Insurance, said: “With limited parking spots available we would urge drivers to remain respectful of parking restrictions and to only park in allocated spaces. 

“At busy times, it's worth researching back up parking options in case a prime sea front spot isn't available. 

“In order to comply with social distancing measures, we would encourage people to consider less popular destinations as the well-known spots can get overcrowded.”