UK is neither the most populated country nor it has the most number of vehicles in the world, but still, the Government of this country has managed to shell out 6.8 million parking tickets in 2011, that is one parking ticket every 4.6 seconds. This converts into a collection of £234 million (€292 million or $367 million) despite appealing. Compared to 2010 figures, 2011 saw an increase of 246,255 tickets while the number of active traffic wardens dropped from 3,882 in 2010 to 3,693 in 2011.
Obviously, the most number of tickets were dished out to drivers in London (about 4,124,561) after which came Liverpool (146,503) followed by Manchester (138,558) and Birmingham (132,684). These results were revealed by an insurance company – swiftcover.com after they requested the authorities under Freedom of Information.
Robin Reames, chief claims officer at insurer swiftcover.com, said: “Shortage of parking has become a huge issue in towns and cities across the UK in the past five to 10 years, however, this doesn’t excuse illegal parking. Although it might be an easy option to park on a double yellow for a short time, it’s potentially dangerous as well as being illegal, and can result in a fine. Furthermore, if your illegally parked car is a hazard and a moving vehicle crashed in to it, an insurer could in theory request up to a third of the bill from the at fault motorist.”
A Liverpool council spokesman said: “There was a fall in the number of tickets issued to people who park illegally in the year 2010-11, but these particular figures also include penalty notices issued to people caught using bus lanes. We take action in response to complaints from residents and businesses about people parking inconsiderately, such as blocking junctions and pavements. The income generated is used for council services and there is an appeals process if people want to challenge their fine. The latest figures, for the year 2011-12, show that the overall number of penalty notices issued has fallen to around 130,000.”
Of all the tickets dished out to drivers in UK, every fourth ticket were disputed with a success rate of 39%. The most efficient wardens were in Liverpool who dished out an average of 2,616 fines each.