Parking enforcement being carried out in Peterborough

The 10 roads in Peterborough where the most parking fines were handed out

Parking fines totalling nearly £200,000 were paid out in Peterborough in a single year from just 10 roads.

Thursday, 4th February 2021, 5:10 am

The city council received £192,925.18 from Penalty Charge Notices in 2019/20 from the 10 streets where the most offenders were caught.

Top of the list for PCNs issued was Lincoln Road in Millfield - between its junction with Dogsthorpe Road and its junction with Rock Road - where 1,360 were issued (on average 3.7 a day), bringing in £43,307.

This was more than double the £20,874 received from fines handed out in Park Road which came in at number two on the list.

Unsurprisingly, the streets which saw the most PCNs handed out were in the centre of Peterborough.

Cllr Mohammed Jamil, Labour and Co-operative member for Central ward (which covers Millfield) on the council, said: “Lincoln Road is a vibrant and thriving area. Traffic and footfall have increased over the last few years.

“Some traders have complained that there is a lack of car parking space for their customers as people park for longer than required or double park.

“I am glad enforcement is taking place to allow the businesses to take in more customers. There are clear signs as to the parking restrictions and it seems people seem to choose to ignore them.”

The council raised £428,163 from 13,187 PCNs in the last year.

Over that time the average fine paid in Peterborough was £32.47, compared to an average issued by councils across the UK of £37.

A council spokesperson said: “All the locations that feature in the top 10 contain a mixture of parking restrictions and are also in areas where there is a high turnover of traffic flow and a heavy demand on kerb space. They are all locations that provide quick and easy access to facilities including shops and other businesses.

“It is important for the council to control parking in these areas to ensure availability of space for priority users such as deliveries and disabled badge holders, as well as to maintain the smooth flow of traffic.”

She added that charges for “high level contraventions” are £70, reduced to £35 if paid within 14 days. These tend to be “contraventions where there was no right to park at all”.

Low level contraventions are £50, £25 if paid within 14 days. These tend to be “contraventions where parking may be permitted but certain conditions haven’t been met”.

The council’s policies on PCNs, and how to challenge them, can be found at: https://www.peterborough.gov.uk/residents/parking/parking-tickets-and-policies.

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