City councils in the UK lost more than £40 million in revenue from parking fines during lockdown, new figures reveal.
Between April and June 2020, 19 of the largest UK cities – including London – made £16.6 million from parking fines, compared with £55.7 million in the same period last year. This represents a drop of 70.8 percent – just over £40 million.
Outside London, 18 cities brought in £10.1 million from parking penalty charge notices (PCNs) between April and June 2019. In the same period in 2020, this fell by 80.9 percent to £1.7 million.
Between April and June 2019, the 23 London Boroughs generated £46.6 million from parking PCNs – this fell 68.1 percent (£31.8 million) to £14.8 million in 2020, according to the data, which came from a series of Freedom of Information requests issued by car leasing service LeaseFetcher.
|Lost PCN income (£)||Lost PCN income (%)|
|Brighton and Hove||£1,044,644.06||70.9 percent|
|Newcastle upon Tyne||£488,882.45||77.6 percent|
|Milton Keynes||£182,108.59||79.2 percent|
Will Craig, founder of LeaseFetcher, commented: “Nobody likes a parking ticket, and if anything good has come of lockdown, it’s that motorists have saved a staggering amount of cash on PCNs.
“It’s not so good for the councils, but they are already starting to claw their way back up to pre-lockdown income levels now that restrictions have eased.”
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