Brent is home to drivers guilty of the most motoring offences in the UK and the borough most likely place to rack up a penalty fine, research has shown.
Brent topped the charts for the number of motoring fines dished out, with a whopping 537,128 drivers hit with fines between 2014 and 2017.
And another west London borough, Ealing, was not far behind, as more than 200,000 fines were handed out to drivers in 2016 costing hundreds of thousands of pounds.
The alarming figures were sourced by car leasing specialist, UK Carline, who analysed the Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) issued by 17 councils across the country, between January 2014 and March 2017, to discover when and where people are most likely to be hit with a dreaded fine.
A shocking 2,752,900 PCNs were issued over the three year period, with 941,888 tickets handed out in 2016 alone.
Brent, Croydon and Bristol were revealed as the places where drivers are most likely to rack up a penalty fine, with more than a million notices issued to drivers in the past three years alone.
The areas were closely followed by Ealing, Newcastle and Enfield.
Worryingly, a huge 86,427 tickets were issued in October 2016 alone – the highest number in the past three years.
Top 10 councils with the highest number of fines
This could be costing British drivers up to an eye watering £275,290,000 per year if they are handed the maximum fine of £100 per offence.
And UK Carline revealed the days drivers are most likely to flout the rules, and when they are on their best behaviour.
Most parking fines were issued on a Saturday, while many Brits may enjoy a spot of weekend shopping, with councils issuing 430,035 in the three-year period – 3% higher than the average weekday (417,456 fines).
Brits are 44% less likely to be fined on a Sunday than on an average weekday with only 235,584 tickets issued throughout the three years, suggesting that Sunday drivers are the best behaved.
Of the 17 councils which received Freedom of Information requests, Brent motorists were found to be the guiltiest when it comes to motoring offences, with drivers hit with 537,128 fines between 2014 and 2017.
2016 was a particularly expensive year for PCNs, with up to £94,188,800 worth being issued across the country in 12 months.
UK Carline manager, Jonathan Nolan, said: "We were astounded at the amount of fines British motorists have received in the last two years, and even more shocked about the millions of pounds the UK could be paying out every year.
"We felt especially bad for anyone caught out with one of the 86,427 tickets issued in October last year – the highest number in the last three years.
"While we know that many of these fines are justified, drivers can occasionally be unfairly issued with tickets - especially when it comes to parking.
"Fortunately, if you are one of the two million drivers hit with a ticket over the past three years, there are ways of appealing, and it doesn’t necessarily take too much time or effort.
"It’s well worth taking a look at the ways you can appeal – it could save you a lot of money and hassle."
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