Drivers rack up 36 parking tickets a day

Three dozen parking tickets were handed out in South Tyneside every day in the first half of 2022, new figures reveal.
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Figures obtained by Churchill Motor Insurance through Freedom of Information requests show 6,480 penalty charge notices were handed out by South Tyneside Council in the six months to June 2022 – equivalent to 36 each day.

That was a fall from 44 a day during the whole of 2021 – although seasonal variations and coronavirus lockdowns may have affected the figures.

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The data also shows the council brought in £163,600 in revenue in the first half of 2022 from penalty charge notices – £909 a day – and down from £1,034 a day during all of 2021.

Nicholas Mantel, head of Churchill Motor Insurance, said: “We would encourage drivers to always check parking signs carefully to ensure they avoid any expensive fines. If motorists do receive a parking fine, they have 28 days to pay it or appeal to an independent tribunal.”

The RAC Foundation said parking rules are “there for a reason” – but added that “over-enthusiastic parking enforcement" may also be playing a role in the data.

A spokesperson for the Local Government Association, who represent councils in England and Wales, said: “Income raised through on-street parking charges and parking fines is spent on running local parking services.

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"Any surplus is spent on essential transport projects, including fixing the £11bn road repairs backlog, reducing congestion, tackling poor air quality and helping to support local public transport services.”