Nearly £100 million of car parking fines handed out in 2016

If you are the type of motorist that cuts it close and are often overstaying your welcome in a public car park, or seek out your own unconventional personal parking area to avoid the weekend rush in your nearest major city, you may want to avoid the UK’s newly-revealed parking fine heat map.

UK Carline analysed data that the parking notices issued by councils across the country between January 2014 and December 2016, to find when and where motorists are most likely to be hit with a parking ticket.

A major 2,752,900 parking fines were issued over the three year period, costing UK motorists up to a staggering £275,290,000, with 941,888 tickets issued in 2016 alone!

While we may all enjoy some weekend shopping, Saturday was found to be the key day that parking attendants were out in full force, with councils issuing 430,035 Saturday parking tickets in the three-year period – 3% higher than the average weekday (417,456 fines).

While UK Carline discovered that tickets are 44% less likely to be fined on a Sunday than on an average weekday, there’s no let up, as traffic wardens still issued 235,584 Sunday tickets throughout the three year period

Brent motorists were found to be hit the most with penalty notices, with 537,128 issued between 2014 and 2017 – costing motorists £53,712,800.

2016 was a particularly expensive time for parking tickets, with a huge £94,188,800 worth being issued across the UK in 12 months.

Commenting on the research, Jonathan Nolan, general manager at UK Carline, said: “We were astounded at the amount of parking tickets British motorists have received in the last two years, and even more shocked about the millions of pounds the UK pays out every year on fines.

With the figures going up each year it will be interesting to see where we end up come the of 2017, with car insurance increasing annually and with new road tax rules for new cars, it may be cheaper in the future to get the park and ride into your nearest city