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UK driving offence hotspots uncovered: Where you’re most likely to get fined on the roads


A Freedom of Information investigation has uncovered the roads where drivers are most frequently getting caught for parking offences, straying into bus lanes or falling foul of other traffic rules. The results show that London’s motorists are the hardest hit by penalty tickets with Cornhill, in the heart of the City of London, the most lucrative for the local authority hauling in more than £50,000-per-week in fines from drivers.

The road is park of a complex traffic scheme around the City and the Bank of England, which means major roads are banned to private vehicles for 12 hours per day, with the rules being policed by a string of CCTV cameras.

Offenders caught breaking the rules are automatically issued with a £130 fine, which is reduced to £65 if paid within 14 days.

Another traffic schemes which brought in more than £1million last year was a no-right turn rule at the junction in Enfield, London, that snared almost 21,000 drivers.

There was also a bridge over a railway line in Newham that was temporarily closed to all private vehicles which caught more than 24,000 drivers and raked in more than £1million for the council.

Other roads in the capital and around the country pulled in huge revenues from drivers who had parked illegally and found themselves hit with a fixed penalty notice.

Outside of the capital the most lucrative street was Cleveland Street, in Doncaster, where CCTV cameras catch private vehicles which have been banned from using the town centre street.

People parked on Brighton’s famous seafront were also among those hit with fines for breaching parking laws with almost 2,500 drivers being hit with a penalty ticket. 

When the coalition Government came to power in 2010 it warned local authorities to stop treating motorists as “cash cows”, but recent figures show the nation’s beleaguered motorists were hit for £1.76billion in council parking charges last year and £102m for bus lane offences.

The survey uncovered the streets responsible for the most fines in the 2019/20 financial year:


Council – Street Amount Tickets

  1. City of London – Cornhill £2,843,556 53,652

  2. Enfield – Conduit Lane/Montagu Road £1,249,672 20,968

  3. Newham – Browning Road £1,168,132 24,265

  4. Haringey – High Road £696,082 14,626

  5. Havering – Oldchurch Rise, Romford £695,425 10,759

  6. Tower Hamlets – Wapping High Street £692,869 14,138

  7. Barking & Dagenham – Ripple Road £673,151 13,013

  8. Harrow – Camrose Avenue £645,361 13,886

  9. Richmond & Wandsworth – Wimbledon Park/Combe Rd £602,330 13,290

  10. Brent – High Street, Harlesden £560,950 8,529


Council – Street Amount Tickets

  1. Doncaster – Cleveland Street £247,015 16,591

  2. Derby – Morledge £176,152 4,910

  3. Walsall – Bridge Street £166,715 3,388

  4. Slough – High Street £146,519 6,761

  5. Reading – Oxford Road £139,898 4,387

  6. Bedford – Horne Lane £103,798 3,549

  7. Bristol – Gloucester Road £96,124 2,576

  8. Milton Keynes – Silbury Boulevard £87,985 3,603

  9. Newcastle – Shakespeare Street £79,832 2,133

  10. Brighton & Hove – Madeira Drive £78,045 2,481

RAC head of roads policy Nicholas Lyes said: “We know from research the vast majority of drivers are very much in favour of the rules of the road being enforced, whether that’s speeding, talking illegally on a handheld mobile phone or other offences.

“But when it comes to council-enforced offences such as driving in bus lanes and illegal parking, there can be some inconsistency and unfairness which causes disproportionate amounts of frustration and often avoidable expense. 

“The source of this is more often than not poor signage that is either missed by drivers or is not easy enough to digest at the wheel, causing drivers in many cases to accidentally break the rules. 

“While authorities will no doubt argue that their signage conforms to national guidelines, we would urge the Government to review these so drivers aren’t unfairly caught out. 

“For example, we believe bus gate signs should display the red circular ‘no motor vehicles’ sign as opposed to the alternative blue ‘buses only’ sign as this would be far clearer for motorists.”


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