Motorists hit by increase in Sunday parking fines

Friday, 20 September 2013 08:43

New statistics were published yesterday that reveal UK motorists are being targeted by traffic wardens on Sundays.

Insurer LV= used the Freedom of Information act to get details which found a big rise in the number of parking tickets handed out on Sundays.

LV= found that the most common reason for being issued with a ticket is leaving your vehicle in the space for too long. However, a quarter of motorists were also given a fine for parking somewhere they did not think needed a ticket.

Overall, motorists are paying out more than £30 million each month in parking fees, with 890.000 parking tickets being issued by councils across the UK every month, an annual rise of four per cent.

However, the amount of tickets being issued on a Sunday has seen a much bigger rise of 13 per cent on last year.

Motorists in central London have been hit hardest, especially in Soho. Wardour Street, in the heart of London’s nightlife centre saw 1,278 parking tickets issued on a Sunday in the year up to the end of July.

Traffic wardens in the City of Westminster issued the most fines, an average of 1,269 each day, compared to Moray Council in Scotland that issues just one ticket a day.

LV= said that the different rules that operate in different jurisdictions across the UK confuses drivers and has contributed to the rise in tickets issued.

For instance, in Sutton, drivers can park on a single yellow line on a Sunday, but five miles away in Croydon, the rules are different.

LV= car insurance chief John O'Roarke said: "Getting a ticket can be very expensive and often take months to reverse. Parking on a Sunday is becoming increasingly difficult and it's easy to get caught out if you don't know the local rules."


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