Motorists paid more than £4 million to park their cars in Sheffield in just one year, The Star can reveal.
Data obtained through The Star’s Your Right to Know campaign reveals income from pay and display machines in the past 12 months hit £4,722,166.
The figures also show almost 25,000 parking fines were handed out to drivers during the same time period – racking up about £1.7 million.
Sheffield Council says all parking income is used to pay for enforcement, improved parking facilities, public transport or highways.
Coun Leigh Bramall, cabinet member for business, skills and development, said: “We use income generated by parking fines to cover the cost of providing and enforcing parking and to fund transport improvements. These include improvements to transport infrastructure as well as to parking and we are working to make parking more convenient, so are soon to expand our RingGo service which lets people pay for parking using their mobile phone.”
Most parking fines were issued in the city centre, where 14,600 fines were handed out. The remaining 8,366 tickets were given for breaches of parking permit zones across the city.
The majority of illegal parking was also on streets, rather than in car parks.
There were also 272 requests for cars to be towed away in the 12 months up to the end of April this year.
The council says income from penalty charge notice income has remained ‘static’ at around £1.7m for the past few years.
Coun Bramall added: “Although we are the fourth largest city in England there are more than 50 other authorities in and out of London who generate more income from parking fines and fees than Sheffield.”
The council is also ‘in the process’ of installing parking machines that have the ability to calculate money received on a certain day.
Fines are also issued to vehicles, rather than drivers, so it is possible a car was used by more than one individual who was fined over the last 12 months.
Motorists today said parking in Sheffield was too expensive.
Craig Skinner said: “It’s the main reason people don’t shop in town. Prices are far too high. Why pay when you can park for free at Meadowhall?
“Its also extremely annoying if you work in town and want to take your car.”
Rob Hadfield added: “It deters people from shopping at the few shopping places there are.”
Gail Rowlands said: “It is one of the reasons the city centre is dying, far too expensive. I tend to shop out of town.”
And in Rotherham, 3,461 parking fines were issued, the majority of them to cars in on-street parking bays.
Income from the fines was £202,327, all of which was used to pay towards parking enforcement.
A ‘one off enforcement patrol’ on a Sunday also resulted in £630 of the total income.