Exeter named Devon’s capital for parking tickets – with city’s fine hotspots revealed

Nine of Devon’s top 10 parking ticket hotspots are in Exeter, a Freedom of Information (FOI) request submitted to the county council has revealed. 

Figures show the authority raked in more than £2million from fines last year.

Its traffic wardens issued 72,805 of the dreaded yellow penalty notices in in 2019 – the equivalent of 199 per day.

Revenue gained as a result came to a total of £2,373,612.57, an average of £6,503.05 every 24 hours.

The data, obtained through an FOI request to Devon County Council (DCC) by the Local Democracy Reporting Service, also revealed which roads motorists are most likely land a ticket.

Of the top 10 locations where parking charge notices were issued last year, nine of them were in the centre of Exeter.

The Exeter hotspots are:

  • Southernhay East;
  • Southernhay West;
  • Sidwell Street;
  • Musgrave Row;
  • George Street;
  • South Street;
  • Queen Street;
  • Dix’s Field;
  • Red Lion Lane.

Queen Street in Newton Abbot is the only street outside of the city to be named on the list.

The FOI request also asked for the top 10 reasons why parking tickets were issued.

These were:

  1. Parked in a restricted street – 17,049 tickets;
  2. Parked for longer than permitted – 14,907;
  3. Parking without clearly displaying a valid pay-and-display ticket or voucher – 10,327;
  4. Parked in a residents’ space without clearly displaying a valid permit – 9,226;
  5. Parked after the expiry of paid-for time – 5,787;
  6. Parked in a loading place or bay without loading – 5,778;
  7. Loading in a restricted street – 2,505;
  8. Parked in a disabled parking space without displaying a valid disabled persons’ badge – 2,015;
  9. Parked in a residents’ space or shared-use space displaying an invalid permit, or after expiry of permitted time – 1,424;
  10. Parked in a permit space or zone without clearly displaying a valid permit – 633.

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