London borough of Newham tops UK parking fines table

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The London borough of Newham has been described as the “parking fine capital of the UK” after research showed it charged motorists more than £10.6m in a year for breaking rules.

The east London council issued 239,000 parking fines between August 2019 and July 2020, according to data collected through freedom of information requests by Comparethemarket.

The comparison website analysed responses from 204 councils around the UK. It found Newham had issued the most fines and collected the most money, with the borough’s Browning Road the location where most offences occurred.

London councils made up nine of the top 10, with Haringey in north London in close second collecting £9.9m over the same period.

Penalty charges in London are set by a group called London Councils and start at £60 for areas in band B and £80 in band A for minor offences such as overstaying in a pay-and-display bay.

For more serious breaches, such as parking on double yellow lines, the band B charge is £110 and the band A charge is £130. There is usually a 50% discount for quick payment.

Haringey had issued fewer notices than Newham, at 137,415, but collected more on average for each one, either because more were for the higher charge or because more drivers paid up during the period. Tottenham High Road was the location where it gave out most penalty notices.

Outside of London, the Glasgow and Birmingham city councils received the most from parking fines over the year, at £5.5m and £4m respectively. Glasgow fines drivers up to £60 for parking offences, while Birmingham has charges of up to £70.