The city that makes over £12m profit from issuing most parking fines revealed

Manchester City Council has topped the chart of issuing the most parking tickets in the country after making a £12 million profit from the penalty charges last year, according to a new research.

The research, led by, showed the town hall issued 598,060 parking notices last year – nearly double that of Westminster council, which had the second highest number of notices.

Manchester also took in the fifth highest sum from the fines – bringing in £12,245,083 in 2018 – and the cash received from the fines is reinvested into highway projects, Manchester Evening News reports.

Parking Charge Notices are issued for offences such as parking, misusing a bus lane or box junction, or turning right illegally.

The research also shows councils across the UK raked in more than £326 million last year.

However, 42 per cent of the drivers polled nationwide think councils treat drivers as 'cash cows', and one in four think most fines are issued unfairly.

A spokesperson for the Manchester City Council said: "Parking and bus lane enforcement is vital to ensure the safe and efficient flow of traffic and keep our city moving, with revenues received from fines reinvested into highways projects.

"Many parking options are available for motorists across the city, both off and on-street, while anyone who feels that a ticket has been issued in error has the right to appeal against it."

Amanda Stretton, motoring editor at said: "The fact that almost three quarters (74 percent) of PCN appeals were successful last year suggests that some fines are being issued unfairly.

"Challenging an unfair fine can be both complicated and daunting. The appeal process is confusing and needs to be made clearer.

"With councils raking in over £326 million in PCNs, it’s only right that some of this fine money is invested to help make road signs clearer to eliminate the number of fines being distributed unfairly."

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