Councils rake in millions from parking fines

Local authorities take an average of £850,000 a year from parking fines, with some councils bringing in 10 times that amount

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The local councils with the highest annual parking fine revenues have been revealed, with the average revenue over a 12-month period being £850,000, and the biggest earners bringing in around 10 times that amount.

The London Borough of Newham topped the list: between August 2019 and July 2020, it issued 239,000 parking fines. With an average fine amount of £44.46, this resulted in revenue of £10.62 million.

Nine of the top 10 UK councils for parking-fine revenue are in Greater London, with all boroughs taking more than £4 million in the 12-month period. After Newham, Haringey came second (137,415 fines; £9.89 million revenue) and Ealing was third (157,759 fines; £8.37 million revenue).

Top 10 London councils:

Council

Fines issued

Total revenue

Average fine

Location with highest number

London Borough of Newham

239,000

£10,625,600.00

£44.46

Browning Road

London Borough of Haringey

137,415

£9,898,840.00

£72.04

High Road, N17

London Borough of Ealing

157,759

£8,372,318.20

£53.07

Longfield Avenue/New Broadway

London Borough of Redbridge

132,084

£6,484,034.21

£49.09

Ilford Lane

London Borough of Enfield

131,820

£6,071,032.00

£46.06

Montagu Road/Conduit Lane

London Borough of Lambeth

121,895

£6,023,222.76

£49.41

Acre Lane

London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham

117,098

£5,570,366.00

£47.57

MacFarlane Road

London Borough of Islington

132,582

£5,479,328.00

£41.33

St John Street

London Borough of Brent

105,986

£4,662,650.00

£43.99

Kingsbury Road

London Borough of Bexley

129,667

£4,361,000.00

£33.63

Bellegrove Road, Welling

The only non-London authority to make the top 10 list was Glasgow City Council, which issued 104,938 fines at an average of £52.27, bringing in £5.48 million - this puts Glasgow in eighth place.

Birmingham City Council ranked second among the non-London authorities, issuing 112,735 fines, from which it earned £3.95 million. Third was Brighton and Hove City Council (106,037 fines; £2.83 million revenue).

The average parking fine issued by a UK council during the 12-month period was £37. The London Borough of Haringey had the highest average fine, at £72.04, followed by Gosport Borough Council (£66.25) and Durham County Council (£57.93).

Top 10 non-London councils:

Council

Fines issued

Total revenue

Average fine

Location with highest number

Glasgow City

104,938

£5,484,781.03

£52.27

Wellington Street

Birmingham City Council

112,735

£3,951,065.00

£35.05

Alum Rock Road

Brighton and Hove City Council

106,037

£2,835,025.64

£26.74

Madeira Drive

Liverpool City Council

  63,831

£2,495,815.00

£39.10

Mount Pleasant Car Park

East Sussex County Council

  42,531

£2,029,072.00

£47.71

High Street, Lewes

Newcastle upon Tyne City Council

  59,013

£1,880,248.91

£31.86

Dean Street Multi-storey

Medway Council

  64,648

£1,577,274.29

£24.40

Blue Boar Lane Car Park

Bournemouth Borough Council

  57,118

£1,544,610.00

£27.04

Christchurch Road, Bournemouth

Cardiff Council

  49,781

£1,489,450.00

£29.92

Windsor Place, Cardiff City Centre

Oxfordshire County Council

  42,525

£1,411,739.00

£33.20

St Giles, Oxford

The average local authority handed out 23,000 fines over 12 months - equivalent to 63 fines per day - while the 20 highest-earning councils issued almost 2.2 million fines between them in the same period.

The data comes from freedom of information requests made by Compare the Market, whose head of motor, Dan Hutson, commented: “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.”

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