Top 10 places with the most fines for parking tickets

COUNCIL is raking in £121k a DAY from parking fines – a whopping £5,083 per HOUR.

Local authorities in the UK are raking in £45m a year from parking breaches with a charge of 1.3m put in place.

Islington Council makes the most money each year from parking violations


Islington Council makes the most money each year from parking violationsCredit: Getty – Contributor


If you are caught with a parking offense you will likely receive a penalty charge notice (PCN), with some councils charging up to £130 – or more if it goes to court.

Islington Borough Council topped the list for getting the most from parking offenses, earning £1,235 an hour on their parking fees a whopping £10.8m to £227,225 each year.

Research by Rivervale for rent shows Manchester City Council in second place, earning £13,128 a day.

Council earns £4.7m a year from 152,222 parking errors annually, or £547 per hour.

Brighton and Hove Council took home the bronze prize, raking in £4.6m a year from PCN fines.

The average coastal city receives around 121,582 fines – the equivalent of £12,611 per day or £526 per hour.

At the other end of the scale, Preston, Exeter and Allerdale councils offer the least amount of parking fines, at just six PCNs a day, or an average of 2,190 a year.

Preston gets the least income from parking tickets at just £131 a day.

Statistics show that three out of five parking tickets are usually successfully challenged, but they shouldn’t be appealed unless you have a good reason.

PCN must be paid within 28 days, or else the board will ask you to pay the initial penalty, plus an additional 50%.

Different boards have their own ways of challenging the PCN, so make sure to follow government guidelines.

“Never ignore a parking fine, whether it is from a council or a private company,” says Bud Johnston, Group Marketing Manager at Rivervale.

“If you feel like your ticket has been unfairly issued, it is best to go through the appropriate channels to lodge a complaint.

“Research shows that three out of five tickets are successfully challenged, so you may have a chance of overturning an incorrect fine.

“However, think carefully about your appeal and whether it is worth it. Your fine can double or even triple if it takes too long to pay.

“For free guidance, contact Citizens Advice or try forums like PePiPoo to get help with your parking ticket.”


These local councils are at the bottom of the pile of parking fines:

  1. Preston – £131 (6 tickets)
  2. Exeter – £145 (6 tickets)
  3. Allerdale – £147 (6 tickets)
  4. Belfast – £418 (11 tickets)
  5. Blackburn – £838 (35 tickets)
  6. Newport – £927 (31 tickets)
  7. Warrington – £1,021 (34 tickets)
  8. Wigan – £1,055 (38 tickets)
  9. Wolverhampton – £1,264 (54 tickets)
  10. Peterborough – £1,308 (46 tickets)
Couple fined by local council for jostling to let oncoming car pass outside Swanscombe school Top 10 places with the most fines for parking tickets

Caroline Bleakley

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