Car parking fees fall short of wardens’ contract
More than 125,800 parking tickets were issued in towns and cities across Northern Ireland in 2011.
However, it has been revealed that the revenue raised by parking tickets is millions of pounds short of the money paid annually to a private contractor to enforce parking restrictions.
The Department for Regional Development insists that the benefits of reduced congestion, improved access to town centres and improved road safety are vital to local economies.
Belfast’s Lisburn Road was the most ticketed area of all with parking attendants giving out 2,296 tickets there for parking violations during 2011 – largely as a result of a contested urban clearway.