Councils issue more parking tickets
LOCAL councils handed out an increased number of parking tickets last year despite cutting back on traffic wardens, according to figures out today. There were a total of 6.8 million tickets issued in 2011 - one every 4.6 seconds, the statistics showed. Money raised totalled more than £234 million, according to the figures obtained by insurance company swiftcover.com following a Freedom of Information request. One in four tickets was disputed, with those appealing having a 39 per cent success rate. The number of wardens or civil enforcement officers (CEOS) fell from 3,882 in 2010 to 3,693 in 2011.