Parking ticket post code lottery

Continuing the development of data journalism across at The Detail, Kathryn Torney this morning published details of where parking tickets have been issued.

comparison of parketing ticket costs and revenue - via The DetailDRD – and their contractors NSL (formerly NCP) – have always been keen to explain that the commercial contract is about keeping streets safe and traffic free-flowing, rather than being based around revenue targets. And this story confirms this.

… figures we obtained from the Department for Regional Development (DRD) show that the cost of enforcement has been steadily increasing since it was privatised in 2006 and this swamps the money raised through parking tickets by millions of pounds annually.

DRD admits that the cost of providing parking services exceeds revenues received but insists that the benefits of reduced congestion, improved access to town centres and improved road safety are vital to local economies.

As well as showing decreasing revenue from parking enforcement, the number of tickets issued is also decreasing year on year – down from 160,000 in 2007/8 to 118,000 in 2010/11. However, there are particular clusters of enforcement (and obviously bad parking), chiefly the Lisburn Road (Belfast). However, the interactive map also shows that there are areas with very little evidence of enforcement.

top ten parking enforcement streets - via The Detail

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  • I read the specific article about the Lisburn Road. Having lived there, I know exactly what it’s like – and the road is plenty busy enough to merit being an Urban Clearway in both directions morning and night.

    The Clearway has been there as long as I can remember, and it is extremely well signposted. Shoppers don’t have any excuse for not realising – and there are ample parking bays available. I’d actually like to see stronger enforcement on the Lisburn Road and an extension to clearway hours, because the parked cars are creating problems for other traffic well before 4.30pm, and drivers are extremely slow to come back to vehicles as it is.

    Avoiding tickets is dead easy. You don’t even have to go to Dungiven.