Motorists in Ilkeston were fined a total of more than £20,000 for parking offences in council-owned car parks in 2013, the ‘Tiser can reveal.
The figures, from a Freedom of Information request submitted to Erewash Borough Council, revealed that the council’s enforcement officers handed out more than 800 penalty notices at Ilkeston car parks last year.
The figures, which do not include on-street parking offences, show more than 100 of the tickets were handed out in October 2013, where the fines total was £2,420.
However, the 2013 statistics show a significant fall compared to 2012’s figures, which show more than 1,000 parking fines were given for parking offences in 2012, costing drivers in excess of £27,000 in total.
The statistics come as Erewash Borough Council rolls out a scheme to double the amount of 30-minutes free parking bays available in town centre car parks. There will be 75 bays included after the success of the original initiative last December.
The new scheme which will involve Station Road, Queen Street, Baker Street and Lower Bath Street car parks ,started on Tuesday.
Drivers parking in the 30-minute bays will still be required to obtain a timed ticket from the machine to display in their vehicle. Failure to do so will result in a fine.
Lead member for the environment at Erewash Borough Council, Cllr Barbara Harrison said: “Having listened to residents we have worked hard to be able to fund this scheme which forms part of our ongoing campaign to support our town centres.”