UK drivers are getting a parking fine every 4.6 seconds, 6.8 million parking tickets being issued in 2011 and 6.5 million in 2010.
A quarter of the parking tickets are disputed and around 39% of them succeed. The number of parking fines rose from 6,585,411 in 2010 to 6,831,666 in 2011, which means a 3.7% increase of 246,255. Last year £234million were generated for councils from the 131,378 fines handed out weekly in 2011. In London, around 4,124,561 fines were handed in 2011, up 3.6% from 2010. Liverpool received 146,503, Manchester 138,558 and Birmingham got 132,684.
Robin Reames, chief claims officer at swiftcover.com, said: “Shortage of parking has become a huge issue in towns and cities across Britain in the past five to ten years. However, this doesn’t excuse illegal parking.”
On the other hand, the number of parking wardens on the streets decreased from 3,882 in 2010 to 3,693 last year, the busiest wardens being found in Liverpool with 2,616 in 2011, followed by Coventry and Worcester, and only 296 fines in Sunderland.