Parking tickets misery for drivers

Thursday, 23 November 2017

BALLYMENA continues to hand out the highest number of parking fines of any local town, excluding Northern Ireland's five cities, according to new figures issued last week.
There were 2,133 Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) issued in 2017 to the end of September and the statistics show the quarterly trend is upward, with 767 tickets issued in the three months from July to September.
Only Belfast, Londonderry, Armagh, Newry and Lisburn issued more tickets.
By contrast no parking tickets were issued at all in Ahoghill or Cullybackey in the first nine months of the year.
There were 11 tickets issued in Portglenone, five of which were in the quarter to September and two in Broughshane, although none were issued in the third quarter.
By contrast, a total of 396 PCNs were issued in Antrim and 74 in Randalstown in the first nine months of the year.
The report presents data on vehicles found to be parked in contravention of parking restrictions.
It is the fourth such report produced by the Analysis, Statistics and Research Branch (ASRB) of the Department for Infrastructure (DfI).
*Read the full story in this week's Ballymena Guardian.


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