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Revealed: The UK roads where drivers are most likely to get fined for parking and breaching traffic rules as figures show councils make £200,000 an HOUR

UK motorists were hit with £1.6billion in fines by local authorities last year
Most expensive street in London was Bank Junction which raked in almost £11m
Brighton and Hove council's Western Road was the priciest outside of the capital


British drivers are being hit with thousands of fines for breaching the rules of the road and parking regulations, making council's as much as £200,000 an hour.

New figures revealed after Freedom of Information requests have shown where the most likely places across the UK are to be hit with a ticket.

Over all last year motorists were given £1.6billion in fines by local authorities, the equal to £200,000 an hour, reports the Daily Express. 

Of the total, a quarter were in parking fines while the rest of the charges included driving in bus lanes or time restrictions on roads.

The Alliance of British Drivers have slammed councils for 'milking motorists' and said it is 'undoubtedly the case that councils are using parking fines' to generate money.


Western Road in Brighton and Hove (pictured bottom middle) was the most expensive street outside of London, earning the council £205,790 in fines last year

Outside of London, Brighton and Hove council's Western Road was the priciest making £205,790 after issuing 7,628 tickets.

The next most expensive street was High Street in Slough which made £123,387 from 5,400 tickets.

Bank Junction, which is in the City of London, was the most expensive street within the capital last year managing to rake in £10,841.581 in fines.

While drivers using the busy junction where nine streets converge in the financial centre of London were issued 175,600 tickets.

Several dangerous accidents have occurred at Bank Junction in previous years, including the death of 26-year-old cyclist Ying Tao in June 2015.

She was 'sucked under' the wheels of a 32-tonne tipper truck which only indicated as the lights changed.


Bank Junction in London, pictured, was the most expensive street within the capital last year managing to rake in £10,841.581 in fines

Strategy consultant Mrs Tao, originally from Nanjing, China, had married her husband Jin Chuan Zhou just 13 months before the crash.

In response to the high frequency of collisions at the busy junction the 'Bank on Safety' experimental traffic scheme was started.

The City of London Corporation said there had been a 52 per cent reduction in casualties after a 12-month trial, reports the BBC.

Since September 2018 this has become permanent and means only buses and pedal cycles are able to cross the Junction between 7am to 7pm Monday to Friday.

If a vehicle crosses the junction they will be spotted on CCTV and given a fine, which costs £65 if paid in 14 days.


In London Station Road in Harrow and Horns Road in Redbridge made the top ten (pictured on map) with them both making more than £550,000 last year

Shakespeare Street in Newcastle and Prescot Street in Liverpool also made the top of expensive roads, each raking in more than £100,000 last year.

In London Station Road in Harrow and Horns Road in Redbridge made the top ten with them both making more than £550,000 last year and issuing less than 10,000 tickets.

Roger Lawson of the Alliance of British Drivers told MailOnline: 'It is undoubtedly the case that councils are using parking fines and 'moving traffic offences' to generate money.

In London Station Road in Harrow and Horns Road in Redbridge made the top ten (pictured on map) with them both making more than £550,000 last year

Shakespeare Street in Newcastle and Prescot Street in Liverpool also made the top of expensive roads, each raking in more than £100,000 last year.

In London Station Road in Harrow and Horns Road in Redbridge made the top ten with them both making more than £550,000 last year and issuing less than 10,000 tickets.

Roger Lawson of the Alliance of British Drivers told MailOnline: 'It is undoubtedly the case that councils are using parking fines and 'moving traffic offences' to generate money.

'This is often from motorists who have made accidental mistakes, do not understand or have not seen the signage.





'Bank junction in the City is a classic example of a scheme deliberately designed to trap and fine innocent drivers. But road closures, bus lanes and over-complex parking schemes are other examples.

'Councils are desperate to raise money and are milking motorists as a result. Often they are breaching the law by using parking charges and associated penalty charges as a way to raise revenue.'

In 2017 it was revealed that 12million penalty notices are handed out annually – the equivalent of one every 2.5 seconds.

It also showed fines for using bus lanes had risen four-fold to 1.4million over the last decade, as councils across the country have deployed cameras to catch out drivers.

Tory MP Charlie Elphicke said at the time: 'This is yet more evidence of how local councils are using motorists as cash cows to plug gaps in their own finances.

'It's high time that they stopped using fines to fleece motorists.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7319191/UK-roads-drivers-likely-fined-figures-councils-make-200-000-HOUR.html
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