THE number of parking fines issued in East Staffordshire more than doubled in the space of three months as council bosses get tough on complacent motorists.
East Staffordshire Borough Council said the surge in penalty charge notices (PCNs) being slapped onto windscreens was largely a result of increasing patrols at night, when many motorists assume they are safe to park illegally.
A total of 920 notices were issued between January and March this year, compared to 457 in the final three months of 2013.
Carter Street was the most visited in Uttoxeter by wardens with 27 visits in the first quarter of this year.
Balance Street saw 16 visits and Market Place 13 visits. The Maltings car park was visited 18 times and Trinity Road car park 8 times.
But despite the huge increase in parking fines, it was not enough to rescue disappointing revenue figures, with the borough ending the three-month period £15,000 below what it had budgeted for. For the whole financial year, the authority made half a million pounds less than predicted, with PCNs bringing in a total of £1.6 million.
Borough council leader Julian Mott, who is also a member of the Joint Local Parking Committee, said there was no excuse for parking illegally at any time of the day.
Councillor Mott said: “At a recent meeting, someone complained about being caught out at later in the evening but there is a reason there are double-yellow lines and it is not acceptable for anyone to park there.”
Council chiefs have continued to monitor the situation at Picknalls First School in Oldfields Road and has visited the site 30 times. However, the volume of anticipated traffic has not arisen and only twice have drivers been asked to move on this year.