Most fined areas for parking tickets in NI revealed

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New figures have revealed the council areas in Northern Ireland that received the most and least parking tickets as they exceed 39,000 in one year.

Data analysed by showed that, out of the 10 council areas reviewed, Fermanagh and Omagh was the most fined area for parking tickets, with 6,695 issued in the most recent 12-month period with a total cost in excess of £301,275.

The council estimate the total figure is between £301,275 - £903,825, ranging from the minimum to the maximum fine enforced, depending on when the driver pays the fine and not including tickets that were successfully appealed.

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Derry City and Strabane had the second highest number of parking tickets issued with 6478 tickets issued, with a total cost of £153,229. Ards and North Down had the third highest number of parking tickets issued at 6,035.

Belfast had the fourth highest with 5748 fines issued, followed by Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon with 3676, Mid and East Antrim 3007 and Mid Ulster 2910. Other areas had much lower amounts of parking tickets. Antrim and Newtownabbey saw the lowest amount of fines issued with 488 and a total cost of £17,752.

Lisburn and Castlereagh and Newry, Mourne and Down also had low amounts of parking fines issued with 2087 and 2295 respectively.

In a recent survey by 77% of respondents said parking tickets were too expensive, with 66% saying they should be more lenient. Parking fines are currently £90, dropping to £45 if paid within 14 days. When asked how they should be made more lenient, the most popular answers were; to get a warning before a fine (51%), make the fines cheaper (37%) and give people more time to pay their fine (10%).

A quarter of those surveyed also said they have been worried about how they are going to pay a parking ticket. For survey respondents that had received a ticket, there were a number of reasons cited. The most popular reasons were being unsure of parking rules (29%) and not knowing that a payment was required (23%).

(L-R) Managing-Director Ian Wilson and CEO Greg Wilson of
FOI findings

Ian Wilson, Managing Director of said: “With the rising cost of car insurance, fuel and repairs, paying out money for parking fines is added pressure for NI drivers at an already difficult financial time.

"To help avoid tickets, it’s important drivers always check their surroundings thoroughly for signs and signals on parking requirements, as the majority of drivers we surveyed got their ticket due to uncertainty around rules and payments. If in any doubt, drivers can look up parking restrictions in that area online to double check.

"If you think you have been unfairly fined you can always appeal the ticket. It’s important to act quickly and have sufficient evidence if you’re appealing. Drivers may be put off by the hassle of challenging a ticket, but it can be done quickly online through the NI direct website. Our survey also showed 56% of respondents who challenged a ticket won the appeal."

At the time of writing this article Causeway Coast and Glens council area was pending information.

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