Motorists slapped with 35 tickets a day in Gloucester
PARKING tickets are being slapped on more than 35 windscreens a day in Gloucester.
Figures from the city council show they are raking in, on average, £715.68 a day in fines.
The hot spots where motorists are most likely to get dished out a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) have also been revealed to The Citizen in a Freedom of Information request.
Great Western Road, near the hospital, tops the list with a whopping 1,269 tickets issued there during an eight month period - almost a sixth of the total.
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City council leader Paul James said the figure was "quite surprising" but could be due to new Pay and Display machines which were installed there a year ago.
He also pointed out the hospital carpark was "far more expensive" than council ones so people may be parking on the street to trying and avoid charges.
He said: "We certainly don't take any pleasure in dishing out parking fines.
"Money from on-street fines goes to the county and has to be spent on transport programs so we see no financial benefit.
"But we clearly need to enforce otherwise we would get a free for all and roads blocked up.
"But I would like to see the amount of tickets on a downward trend."
Eastgate Street was the road with the next highest number of tickets handed out during the eight month period – 373 in total.
The council has about seven contracted employees patrolling the streets day-to-day looking for rule breakers.
Between April 1 and November 30, 8,560 tickets were issued and £171,764 was made in fines.
Since April the council has spent £360,000 on patrols and £1,585,610 running and maintaining carparks.
Longsmith Street is the car park, as opposed to on-street parking, where most people are found breaking the rules the most often with 603 tickets issued there.
Councillor James said: "We don't make a huge profit from carparking fines because there are a lot of costs associated with running car parks.
"If everybody went along with the rules we wouldn't need enforcement."