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323 fines a day issued to Northern Ireland drivers in 2018

Almost 118,000 ticket issued throughout year.
Almost 118,000 ticket issued throughout year.
Lauren Harte

By Lauren Harte

More than 300 fines were issued every day on average to motorists here last year.

A total of 117,837 penalty charge notices (PCNs) were handed out in 2018.

That is up slightly (1.5%) on the previous year's total of 116,048.

The figures were obtained by insurance comparison site Confused.com after a Freedom of Information request.

The 117,837 PCNs issued last year work out at 323 a day on average.

The figures will include fines for offences such as parking, or misusing a bus lane or box junction.

Motorists are hit with a £90 parking ticket, which is reduced to £45 if paid within a two-week period.

Retail NI has consistently hit out at what it claims is an "over-zealous" fining policy and the negative message it sends out to shoppers who use their cars to travel to town centres.

Its chief executive Glyn Roberts said the number of fines issued was "having a clear and negative impact on shoppers and our members".

"The only winners from this are the large out-of-town supermarkets, which have free car parking and no traffic attendants," he added.

Overall, the income made from fines by councils across the UK reached more than £326m in 2018 from nine million PCNs.

Research also found that 23% of all drivers think most fines are issued unfairly.

The Department for Infrastructure had not responded to requests for comment last night.

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