Councils lose over £40m in parking fine revenues during lockdown

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 (%)
Glasgow £1,209,791.71 88.9 percent
Brighton and Hove £1,044,644.06 70.9 percent
Leeds £937,964.27 95.1 percent
Birmingham £889,516.81 68.1 percent
Bristol £703,163.63 82.8 percent
Leicester £553,890.00 99.2 percent
Cardiff £512,738.00 98.6 percent
Newcastle upon Tyne £488,882.45 77.6 percent
Sheffield £423,519.87 93 percent
Bradford £349,394.77 79 percent
Coventry £306,277.36 94.3 percent
Plymouth £287,120.64 76.8 percent
Milton Keynes £182,108.59 79.2 percent
Wakefield £144,576.44 85.7 percent
Walsall £105,765.66 70 percent
Dudley £94,752.62 88.1 percent
Doncaster £83,289.61 87.9 percent
Rotherham £65,151.00 78.4 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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