Belfast Telegraph

Rural drivers at much less danger from parking fines

By Jonny Bell

New statistics have revealed that motorists in smaller towns and villages across Northern Ireland are unlikely to get a parking ticket.

In the first three months of the year, 20,502 parking fines were issued here.

But just one single ticket was issued in Broughshane, Donaghmore, Dungiven, Dunmurry, Fivemiletown, Irvinestown and Markethill.

Belfast was the stand-out area for fines - with 8,331 issued between January and March. Last year, 34,690 were given out.

Outside the city, the next most likely place for errant parking was Newry, with 1,919 tickets issued in the first quarter of the year.

Each parking ticket costs drivers £90 - or £45 if it is paid within 14 days.

If paid on time, it means motorists will have forked out £1.8m in the first three months of this year.

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