We’ve all been there – just popped into the shop for two minutes and returned to see the dreaded yellow ticket on the windscreen of your car.
Filled with frustration, we then plead with the stone-faced parking officer who has heard all the excuses before, then sat in the car thinking about the dent your bank account is about to take.
But there will be residents in the capital who have had this feeling more times than others, even people on one street who will have experienced the wrath of the parking officer more times than many in the entire country.
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Those living on or near Browning Road in Newham may take a bow as they now have the dubious honour of living on the street with the most parking fines in the UK, according to research compiled by Compare the Market.
Which, of course, means more money is generated from parking fines in Newham than anywhere else in the capital, raking in a whopping £10.6 million every year.
The north-east borough issued 239,000 penalty charge notices last year, which is a mind boggling 655 per day, and on average, a driver with £44 less than they had before.
There are seven London boroughs with a higher annual income from parking fines than anywhere else in the country.
Haringey, who were a close second to Newham in total parking fine revenue at £9.8 million for the year, also had the highest average parking fine cost at £72.
Penalty charges in London start at £60 for areas in band B and £80 in band A for minor offences such as overstaying in a pay-and-display bay.
The fines go higher for more serious rule breaking, with a band A charge for parking on double yellow lines at £130 in some London boroughs, though it can be reduced by 50 per cent on quick payment.
Parking fines are traditionally a method for cash-strapped councils to hike up their revenue stream.
Dan Hutson, head of motor at comparethemarket.com, said: “Parking fine revenues are a cash cow for many local authorities.
“Up and down the country drivers are regularly being caught out by tight parking restrictions.
“With the third lockdown now in place, we would encourage drivers to take extra care and attention when parking up their car to ensure they avoid a parking fine.”
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