£1.2m parking fines in ONE street

A fine view … parking blackspot Southampton Row, London.

£1.2m parking fines in ONE street, London will be London!

DRIVERS were hit by £1.2million in parking fines in a SINGLE street last year, The Sun can reveal.

Fifty motorists a DAY were clobbered by wardens or CCTV cameras in busy Southampton Row, central London.

The road in the borough of Camden saw 19,335 tickets issued to net authorities £1,198,870. It headed a list of ten roads in the capital which between them hauled in £6.7million from penalties in 2011.

The second-worst fines blackspot was Bounds Green Road in Haringey, North London, where 14,000 drivers were hit for £1,1,002,360.

Third, came Clapham Park Road in Clapham, South West London, which raked in £875,658 in fines from 14,442 motorists.

Capital punishment … London’s top-earning streets

Outside the capital, wardens hit 5,000 drivers in the High Street of Slough, Berks, for £270,506.

Roads in Birmingham, Brighton, Liverpool, and Leeds were also revealed as being among those which brought councils across the UK a total of £1.3billion last year.

Slamming the figures, which were disclosed under Freedom of Information rules, the AA called them a “parking penalty pot of gold”.

Money-spinner … parking fines pull in the cash for councils all across the UK

A spokesman said some drivers took chances by stopping briefly on busy restricted streets but others were misled by poor signs or “lack of a visible deterrent”.

He added: “With councils’ budgets being cut they’re only too glad to tap into this.

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