Councils are earning £1.5billion a year through parking – is your local authority one of the top ten cashing in?

Councils across England are earning £1.5billion a year through parking – with two-thirds coming from parking fines alone.   

The five councils with the highest income from parking are all situated in London Image credit:salimfadhley’s Flirckstream.

The report, from the RAC, has found that council driver-related revenues have increased by four per cent in 2015/16 on the year before.

The total income from on-street tickets and permits totalled £483m, a further £338m came from on-street parking charges and a massive £682m came from off-street charges and penalties, such as car park fines.

The five councils with the highest revenue were, unsurprisingly, all situated in London. Westminster took the top spot with £76.4 million and were followed by Kensington and Chelsea (£46.1m), Camden (£38.1m), Hammersmith and Fulham (£35.6m), and Wandsworth (£30.4m).

What councils are making the most from parking outside of London?

Outside of London, Brighton and Hove Council has made the most money with £28.7million, followed by Nottingham city council with £20.9m and Birmingham city council with £18.3m.

Overall, English councils outside London raked in £906million, a five per cent increase on 2014-2015.

On- and off-street parking income: Top 20 English councils outside London

Authority Parking income
Brighton and Hove £28.7million
Nottingham £20.9million
Birmingham £18.3million
Bristol £16.5million
Cornwall £15.7million
Manchester £15.5million
Newcastle £15.1million
Milton Keynes £13.8million
Guildford £12.1million
Leeds £11.2million
Colchester £10.5million
Bath and North East Somerset £10.5million
Cambridge £10.4million
Bournemouth £9.9million
Norwich £9.2million
Liverpool £8.8million
Southampton £8.6million
Canterbury £8.5million
Woking £8.4million
Portsmouth £8.3million

Councils with the largest increases in parking income included Bristol (up 22 per cent) and Milton Keynes (up 16 per cent).

On the other hand, some councils saw a decline in their income from parking charges; Manchester and Birmingham saw a decrease of four per cent on the previous year while Leeds saw a decrease of 12 per cent.

Can you bin a parking ticket? Simple trick to find out how

While parking on yellow lines and other public areas with restrictions will attract legitimate charges, the murky world of private parking firms is rife with rogue operators who have no right to your cash.

Here’s our instant guide to checking out the parking firm that’s just given you a ticket and whether you should pay it or simply throw it in the bin.


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