BRITS can now get parking fines on 80,200 roads across the country, new figures show – with Manchester, Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea among the hotspots.
Drivers were slapped with ten parking fines every minute in 2021, with a total of 5.2million penalty charge notices (PCNs) dished out in total.
A total of 63 per cent of councils hiked the number of roads with parking restrictions in 2021, meaning 1,200 more were punishable than in 2020.
Nearly a third (29 per cent) of councils also implemented new resident parking permit controls in 2021.
According to the research by Churchill Motor Insurance, authorities in Manchester handed out the most PCNs for parking – scalding drivers with 341,000 in total.
Westminster followed closely behind, slapping 274,000 yellow letters on cars within the year.
Kensington and Chelsea was also in the top ten, while Nottingham, Brighton and Hove and Winchester also made the hit list.
Meanwhile, London accounted for over a third (37 per cent) of all PCNs in 2021.
This was followed by the South East (18 per cent), the North West (13 per cent) and the East Midlands (seven per cent).
The capital also raked in the most money from penalty charge notices, accounting for £143million worth of fines – over half (56 per cent) of the total value nationwide.
Londoners were also slapped with higher-than-average PCNs, with the City of London issuing fines of up to £130 for parking violations and nine of the ten councils issuing the highest value PCNs based in the capital.
The average value of PCNs handed out in London in 2021 was £74.37, which is 53 per cent higher than the British average of £43.63.
Westminster took the top spot in value of fines, issuing PCNs worth £32.3 million.
Meanwhile, Kensington and Chelsea had a take home of £16.6million, while Manchester raked in £15.3million.
Islington followed closely behind with £13.7million worth of fines while Richmond upon Thames completed the top five with £9.4million.
A total of 400,000 more fines were issued in 2021 (eight per cent) compared to 2020, marking an eight per cent rise and 1,300 more parking fines per day throughout the year.
Nicholas Mantel, Head of Churchill Motor Insurance, said: “It is becoming increasingly difficult for motorists in towns and cities across Britain to find spots to park, especially for free, as local authorities seek to reduce congestion and put ever more controls in place.
“Nearly two thirds of councils have brought in new rules recently, meaning there are many roads with restrictions in place that didn’t have them in 2020.
“The last thing drivers need is to come back to a fine, so it’s vital to double check the parking signs before leaving your car.”
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