EIGHT of the top 10 locations for motorists being hit with parking tickets are in Chester.
Figures show Lower Bridge Street has the second highest number of fines in Cheshire West and Chester with 258 penalty charge notices between January 15 and June 11.
Frodsham Street Car Park is a close third with 254 tickets followed by Weaver Street where 247 fines were issued.
Trinity Street Car Park came in sixth with 233, ahead of Gorse Stacks, which had 170.
Top of the list was Ellesmere Port’s main town centre car park with 1,117 parking fines – despite the fact it’s free of charge.
The total number of tickets handed out at the eight Chester locations could amount to between £39-109,000 in fines depending on the severity of the offence and appeals.
Margaret Morris, Cheshire West and Chester Council’s fixed penalty and income team leader, said: “No tickets being displayed is the most common reason, there is a culture of people thinking they can nip in to town for five minutes. The second is parking in disabled bays.”
She added that appeals against parking fines can be successful if, for example, a ticket has blown on the floor or a disabled badge is not facing the right way, and motorists can then produce valid evidence.
There are two types of penalty charges set by the Department of Transport.
Motorists hit with lower level charges must pay a £50 fine, or £25 if paid within 14 days, while a higher level penalty, which includes not displaying a ticket or parking in a disabled spot, results in a £70 fine or £35 if paid early.
The top 10 locations for parking tickets are:
Town Centre Car Park (Ellesmere Port): 1,117
Lower Bridge Street: 258
Frodsham Street Car Park: 254
Weaver Street: 247
Civic Centre Car Park (Ellesmere Port): 236
Trinity Street Car Park: 233
Gorse Stacks Car Park: 170
City Road: 154
Hunter Street: 131
Lorne Street: 116