Revealed - the top 10 streets where drivers are fined

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THE top 10 list of streets in Portsmouth where drivers have been given parking tickets has been revealed.

Topping the list is Exchange Road, near Portsmouth Guildhall, which saw 639 tickets being handed out from April 1 to December 20 last year.

And out of the 3,444 fines dished out by Portsmouth City Council traffic wardens, 44 per cent of them were issued in student hotspots.

Here are the top 10 streets in Portsmouth for the number of parking tickets issued from April 1, 2010 to December 20, 2010:

Exchange Road - 639

Clarence Parade - 538

Burnaby Road - 309

Vivash Road - 302

King Henry I Street - 296

Palmerston Road North - 287

Western Parade - 284

Osborne Road - 274

Avenue De Caen - 262

St Paul's Road - 253

Michael Robinson, team manager for parking operations at the city council, said: 'We issue quite a few tickets in university areas.

'Maybe it's because it's the first time for students to be away from home and they think they can park where they like.

'Many of the streets where we issue more Penalty Charge Notices, like Burnaby Road and Exchange Road, are in student areas.

'The number of PCNs issued rises substantially when the autumn term begins.

'However, I'm not criticising students. PCNs are issued to vehicles, not people, and we don't know whether the drivers are students or not.

'A car could be owned and driven by anybody.'

The city council employs 39 wardens who work from 7am to 10pm seven days a week.

In the last financial year the council raised almost 1.3m from parking fines.

Mr Robinson said there were four main reasons why tickets are issued.

'Firstly road safety - people parking on double yellow lines or zig zags outside of schools make it dangerous for other road users,' he said.

'Secondly we need to keep busy routes moving as much as possible and thirdly to ensure revenue protection.

'The council made 3.8m last year on pay-and-display car parks, so we need to cut back on the number of people parking illegally.

'Lastly, it's to protect residents, who live near shopping areas, and so their streets get used as an alternative parking site.'

The University of Portsmouth says it tells students not to bring cars with them.

Anne Stanford, press and public relations manager, for the university, said: 'We provide a free bus service, used by 1,200 students from Monday to Friday. And from this week a new free weekend service for students, staff and their families will run from 11am to 5pm.

‘Our students are actively discouraged from bringing cars into the city and only students with exceptional circumstances are granted parking permits.'

Here are the top 10 streets in Portsmouth for the number of parking tickets issued from April 1, 2010 to December 20, 2010:

n Exchange Road - 639

n Clarence Parade - 538

n Burnaby Road - 309

n Vivash Road - 302

n King Henry I Street - 296

n Palmerston Road North - 287

n Western Parade - 284

n Osborne Road - 274

n Avenue De Caen - 262

n St Paul's Road - 253

PORTSMOUTH City Council is planning to claw back thousands of pounds lost by unpaid parking tickets issued to foreign-registered vehicles.

As previously reported in The News, between April 2008 and October 2010, a total of 110,965 in parking ?nes were cancelled because the council could not trace the driver.

It is one of the biggest amounts written off in the country, along with Newcastle and Edinburgh.

But now, the city council is set to a sign a deal with enforcement group Euro Parking Collection who will chase up unpaid fines, by the end of this month.

Michael Robinson, team manager for parking operations at the city council, said: ‘The idea is that EPC will chase up debt to the council owed by motorists from a number of EU countries, much like bailiffs do in this country.

‘It costs the council nothing in terms of up front payments, the debtor has to pay for the enforcement action much like if a member of the public gets a visit from a bailiff in the UK.

‘Very often the bailiff's fees people have to pay are far more than the penalty they had to pay in the first place.

‘In addition EPC will keep a percentage of the money they collect on our behalf.

‘This does mean there is a cost to PCC, but only on paid for results, so the council is really in a win-win situation.'

The EPC act throughout Europe, except in France.

Student hotspots get most tickets

by PRIYA MISTRY

The News

priya.mistry@thenews.co.uk