Increase in the number of parking fines issued in North East Lincolnshire

A penalty charge notice (PCN) issued to a car this week in Grimsby
-Credit: (Image: Donna Clifford)


Almost 9,000 parking fines were issued by North East Lincolnshire Council last year.

Freedom of Information (FOI)-obtained data by Grimsby Live has shown the number of parking fines has increased for three years in a row. Revenue has also similarly increased, with more than £260,000 paid in parking fines in 2023/24.

A council spokesperson said the increase in parking fines is "circumstantial". CCTV enforcement outside certain schools, and the number of fines still being less than pre-pandemic years was also highlighted.

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The spokesperson also confirmed the revenue raised from parking fines, also called penalty charge notices (PCNs), primarily goes back into the enforcement service.

In 2023/24, there were 8,878 parking fines issued in North East Lincolnshire. This is an increase of 36 per cent on the total the year before of 6,542. In 2021/22, there were 5,544 fines. In the current financial year, 781 fines were issued in April alone.

Revenue raised has increased, too. A total of £266,071 was raised in 2023/24, up 29 per cent from the 2022/23 figure of £205,473. This was also a rise on 2021/22, when parking fines raised £179,566 revenue. April 2024 raised £26,022.

North East Lincolnshire Council were contacted for comment, including on how the revenue raised is spent. A council spokesperson said: "Local authority parking enforcement should be self-financing as soon as practicable. The money received from parking fines is therefore invested into the service.

"Any surplus is ringfenced by legalisation which limits what it can be spent on, and the revenue breakdown is published on the council website. The cost of a PCN is set by legislation. Outside of London, there are two charging bands: higher and lower. The higher charge is £70, and the lower charge is £50, both are reduced by 50 per cent if they are paid within the discount period."

The council-published revenue data on parking online shows almost £1.7m was spent on parking enforcement in 2022/23. All parking revenue raised added up to just shy of £1.9m. Pay and display tickets raised 76 per cent of this.

On the number of fines issued having increased in recent years, the spokesperson said: "The number of PCNs issued is circumstantial. Enforcement by camera outside schools was introduced in late 2022 and this has continued to be rolled out to additional schools which will have increased the number of PCNs issued." The first school to get the CCTV enforcement outside was Signhills Academy, ahead of the 2022/23 school year. A number of other schools have followed.

Market Hall roof car park, Grimsby - pay and display made up three-quarters of the council's parking revenue in 2022/23
Market Hall roof car park, Grimsby - pay and display made up three-quarters of the council's parking revenue in 2022/23 -Credit:Donna Clifford

Parking fines figures from before the FOI-requested data period were also highlighted. The pandemic-affected 2020/21 had a low level of fines, 4,854. "During this time full enforcement was not taking place and there were less vehicles on the highway to contravene," explained the spokesperson. "The increase in PCNs from 2021/2022 to current could be due to a number of reasons, examples are: recovery from COVID and more vehicles on the highway, seasonal variations due to weather or events resulting in increased or decreased traffic."

Meanwhile, figures from 2014/15 to 2018/19 had an average of 11,173 fines a year, with last year's "relatively low" by comparison. On revenue increasing, the spokesperson commented: "The revenue received is related to the number of PCNs issued."

A breakdown of fines by year, is below.

Some fines remain outstanding, with inevitably higher numbers the more recent the fine was issued. There were by mid-May 13 from 2021/22 with an enforcement agent, 199 from 2022/23, 966 from 2023/24, and just over 200 from April.

Grimsby Live has obtained via an FOI further data about parking fines in Grimsby and Cleethorpes area, including the top most fined locations. These will be covered in future instalments.