This car park is Hemel's top spot for parking charges as figures show council raked in £290,147 last year

Drivers caught breaking parking rules were fined £33 on average

Thursday, 21st January 2021, 2:02 pm
Updated Thursday, 21st January 2021, 2:05 pm

Drivers in Dacorum were charged an average of £33.30 for breaking parking rules last year, as the council raked in £290,147.

The latest data, compiled by Compare the Market, shows Dacorum residents paid less than the UK average in parking fines, which was £37.

The data shows that on average, 24 fines were issued a day in Dacorum last year, and the location with the highest number was Water Gardens Car Park (North) in Hemel Hempstead.

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Nine of the 10 local authorities taking in the most cash from parking fines are in Greater London, with each council collecting more than £4 million in revenue in fines each year.

Outside of London, the City of Glasgow and Birmingham City Council were the local authorities most likely to issue a ticket.

London Borough of Newham was the only council to rake in over £10 million in fines, whilst the 11 most fined areas all cleared the £4 million mark.

In the last year local authorities, on average, issued nearly 23,000 parking fines – with the 20 authorities that issued the most handing out nearly 2.2 million fines between them.

Up and down the country local authorities are issuing 63 parking fines a day – rising to 307 per day by the 20 local authorities issuing the most payments.

Dan Hutson, head of motor at comparethemarket.com said: “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.”