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Council earns £250,000 in a year in parking charges from one street

Alum Rock Road – the most ticketed street outside London - generated £252,024 for Birmingham City Council in a year

Alum Rock Road is one of the worst outside London for parking tickets

A Washwood Heath street is the UK’s parking ticket capital, with more than 7,000 fines issued last year.

And in 2012, a further 7,500 penalties were doled out in Alum Rock Road – the most ticketed street outside London. They earned Birmingham City Council £252,024.

In all, the council issued 107,504 parking tickets between January 1 and November 15, 2013. The second most ticketed area was Snow Hill car park, where 3,253 motorists were caught. Third was Stratford Road, Sparkhill, where 2,179 tickets were dished out by civil enforcement officers.

Motorists were most likely to be hit with fines on city centre roads, which dominated the list. Waterloo Street was the fourth most ticketed with 2,146, Corporation Street fifth with 1,843 and Fleet Street saw 1,407 drivers penalised.

The worst day of the week for parking tickets was Wednesday and more motorists were caught on October 15 – the single worst day of 2013, when 537 penalties were handed out.
The figures do not include cars caught by controversial bus lane cameras in Birmingham. In November, it was revealed that the city centre’s ten new bus lane enforcement cameras snared almost 60,000 drivers in its first 11 weeks.

A spokesman for Birmingham City Council said: “We put an appropriate level of parking enforcement into any location to ensure we comply with our traffic regulation and safety responsibilities.

“Alum Rock Road, for example, is a major arterial route into the city and must be kept as clear as possible. We monitor parking provision and demands across the city and drivers have the right of appeal against any notice they feel is issued unfairly.”

 

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