Motorists on Chiswick High Road, West London, received a whopping 20,257 tickets last year, delivering Hounslow council £1.14 million in the process.
For the second year in a row, Chiswick High Road has been identified as the most penalised in the UK, leading residents to complain that the area is being used as a “cash cow.”
As part of an investigation by the Daily Express, it was revealed that council parking charges raised £1.44 billion throughout the UK in the last year alone, including £328 million in parking fines.
London was the most ticketed part of the UK, with streets in Camden, Haringey, and Ealing all raising more money for their respective councils than any other location outside the capital.
Almost half of all driving charges issued on Chiswick High Road in the last year resulted from motorists driving in bus lane, while three quarters of the fines were enforced remotely by CCTV operations.
Following a recent article by KCW Today about New Kings Road “money box,” which raised Hammersmith and Fulham council £5 million in under three years, news that West London motorists are once again at the top of national statistics for parking tickets has led many to complain that the area is being unfairly targeted.
Richard Foote, Cabinet Member for Parking at Hounslow Council defended the borough’s enforcement policy, claiming “CCTV systems are vital for us to help traffic flow smoothly around the borough and to ensure as far possible the safety of pedestrians.”
Foote also said “a lot of vehicles use Chiswick High Road so it’s crucial that traffic can move safely and without undue hindrance.”
However, a spokesman for Department for Communities and Local Government said: “‘Unfair parking fines push up the cost of living and undermine the high street, and councils should not be raising money through over-zealous enforcement.
“Instead” of focusing resources and time on this, the spokesperson said, “they should be focusing their efforts on supporting local businesses and championing town centres.”