Published: 08 Aug 2013

Briton’s 35 million motorists are paying more than £30 million each month in parking fines, that’s according to new data released by insurance firm LV=.

Through a series of Freedom of Information (FOI) requests, LV= was able to put together the study which revealed that the number of parking tickets dished out each month this year is up four per cent on 2012. The statistics showed that close to 900,000 parking tickets are being plastered on vehicles every month, with the average fine costing £42.

Sunday not a day of rest

If you thought that Sunday was a national day of rest, think again. The rise of Sunday shoppers has prompted councils to place wardens on the streets and the number of tickets now issued on a Sunday is 13 per cent higher than it was in 2012.

“While there has been a general increase across all council areas, there has been a significant spike in the number of tickets being issued on Sundays,” LV said in a statement. Advising its customers, JenningsMotorGroup said “It is important drivers remember parking regulations on a Sunday can be the same as any other day of the week”.

According to the Daily Mail, the AA says that some traffic wardens have even ‘targeted churchgoers and choristers’.

Almost 300,000 tickets were dished out on a Sunday between January and May this year. In Wardour Street in London’s Soho, an incredible 1,278 parking tickets were issued on a Sunday from January to July.

AA president Edmund King is calling on ministers to relax parking laws on a Sunday.

“We need Ministers to Save our Sundays. Traditionally Sunday, was a day or rest, the only day when you got free parking, but gradually local authorities have been clawing back that freedom,” King told the Daily Telegraph. “Money is going from the collection plate in church into the coffers of the council.

“They will say Sundays have become a shopping day like any other but some have restrictions in place before the shops even open, the only people they're hitting are people heading to church.

“It's not about congestion; it's nothing more than revenue raising. We need ministers to take action and Save our Sundays.”

London the worst

Looking at individual councils, it was revealed that wardens in the City of Westminster are the most ticket happy, with a 1,269 parking fines being issued every year. 339 tickets are issued every day in Birmingham and 271 tickets every day in Bristol. At the other end of the scale, Moray in Scotland is the best place for motorists to park, with the council issuing just one ticket a day.

LV= found that the majority of parking ticket victims were caught out by overstaying in a parking space, while a quarter were fined for parking where they assumed a ticket would not be needed. The insurance firm said that the different rules on parking enforced by different councils across the UK were confusing for motorists.

“Getting a ticket can be very expensive and often take months to reverse,” said LV= chief John O’Roarke. “Parking on a Sunday is becoming increasingly difficult and it's easy to get caught out if you don't know the local rules.

“If in doubt, check the sign explaining the parking restrictions and if you are still unsure try to park somewhere else.” 

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