Exmouth has been revealed as the parking ticket capital of East Devon – with more fines dished out there than in all of the district’s other towns and villages combined.
The seaside resort was in fact the second most prolific place for the dreaded yellow notices in all of Devon last year, behind only Exeter.
Penalties issued in Exmouth account for 65 per cent of all parking tickets issued in East Devon – 2,360 more than everywhere else added together.
A total of 7,508 fines were dished out in the district; 10 per cent of the 72,805 county-wide total.
Figures show Devon County Council (DCC) raked in more than £2million from fining rogue motorists in 2019.
Honiton, Sidmouth and Ottery St Mary make up the top four hotspots in East Devon for such penalty charge notices.
At the other end of the scale, Broadclyst, Newton Poppleford and Otterton each saw just one fine issued in the whole year.
A whopping 212 parking tickets were issued in Sidmouth in August, when its famous folk festival takes place.
The same month was also by far the peak time in Honiton – as 106 penalties were dished out.
All of Clyst Honiton’s 10 fines were issued in November.
January was a bad time for rogue motorists in Budleigh Salterton, where 47 tickets were given – more than double any other month’s total.
East Devon parking penalty charge notices in 2019
- Exmouth – 4,934
- Honiton – 686
- Sidmouth – 592
- Ottery St Mary – 465
- Seaton – 282
- Budleigh Salterton – 278
- Clyst St Mary – 87
- Axminster – 65
- Beer – 48
- Lympstone – 36
- Colyton – 12
- Clyst Honiton – 10
- Sidbury – 3
Sidford – 3
- East Budleigh – 2
Woodbury – 2
- Broadclyst – 1
Newton Poppleford – 1
Otterton – 1
Some 34,568 parking tickets were issued in Exeter, with 570 handed out in Topsham.
Top 10 towns in Devon for parking penalty charge notices
- Exeter – 34,568
- Exmouth – 4,934
- Newton Abbot – 4,704
- Teignmouth – 3,199
- Barnstaple – 2,602
- Totnes – 2,189
- Bideford – 1,820
- Dartmouth – 1,542
- Tiverton – 1,352
- Kingsbridge – 1,149
Across Devon, the figures show that October was the month in which most parking tickets were issued.
February saw the fewest.
Of the penalty charge notices county-wide, 45,302 were paid within 14 days.
Some 5,949 were settled after 14 days, but before the charge certificate was issued.
A further 909 were paid after this, with 83 cases still under adjudication.
In 8,353 situations, no further action was taken.
A report by Meg Booth, chief officer for highways, to Devon County Council’s Corporate Infrastructure and Regulatory Service Scrutiny Committee says: “While our larger communities, urban areas and arterial routes receive regular scheduled attendances, the service is reliant on intelligence gathered through customer feedback, online ‘report it’ forms and social media to review deployment, beat patterns, and further enhance the service.”