Cambrian News photographer - 48 per cent rise in parking tickets helps council net £167,000

THE number of parking tickets issued by Ceredigion County Council jumped by more than 48 per cent in 2017 compared to the previous year, bringing in over £167,000 to council coffers.

The Cambrian News reported “The council’s Parking Services Annual Report 2016-2017 shows that 5,006 Penalty Charge Notices were issued between April 2016 and March 2017, up from just 3,332 the previous year.

The extra tickets issued by the council’s civil enforcement officers saw the council rake in £167,735.63 in fines, with the parking services turning a profit of £15,000 after losing £30,000 in 2015/16.

The figures reveal that over two thirds of all tickets were issued in Aberystwyth, with visitors and residents issued with 3,380 tickets.

Aberystwyth’s main shopping street, Great Darkgate Street, once again topped the most ticketed street with more than 10 per cent of all tickets issued in 2016/17 being done there.

The figures show that over 1,350 tickets were issued for parking longer than permitted, 1,290 for parking on a restricted street outside proscribed hours, and 1,055 for parking in an area not designated for that class of vehicle, including loading bays.

These three contraventions made up a total of 73.9 per cent of all the tickets issued by the authority.­

The parking report shows that over 90 per cent of the 5,006 tickets issued were paid, either in full or at a discounted rate for paying within 14 days” here.

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