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

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

09/10/2020

The 19 largest UK cities lost 71 percent of their income from parking fines between April and June 2020


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.

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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.

City

Lost PCN income (£)Lost PCN income (%)
Glasgow£1,209,791.7188.9 percent
Brighton and Hove£1,044,644.0670.9 percent
Leeds£937,964.2795.1 percent
Birmingham£889,516.8168.1 percent
Bristol£703,163.6382.8 percent
Leicester£553,890.0099.2 percent
Cardiff£512,738.0098.6 percent
Newcastle upon Tyne£488,882.4577.6 percent
Sheffield£423,519.8793 percent
Bradford£349,394.7779 percent
Coventry£306,277.3694.3 percent
Plymouth£287,120.6476.8 percent
Milton Keynes£182,108.5979.2 percent
Wakefield£144,576.4485.7 percent
Walsall£105,765.6670 percent
Dudley£94,752.6288.1 percent
Doncaster£83,289.6187.9 percent
Rotherham£65,151.0078.4 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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