A street in Hereford has been revealed to be the greatest earner of parking fines for council coffers, with nearly four fines issued every day.

In the financial year to last April, 1,341 penalty charge notices (PCNs, or parking tickets) were issued in Union Street in the city’s conservation area.

Equivalent to 3.74 fines for each day during the year, these generated income £47,404 for Herefordshire Council, an average of £35.35 per ticket.

The council’s website says it charges either £50 or £70 for parking violations, but drivers can pay just half this if they do so within two weeks of the PCN being issued.


Less than 200 yards long, the one-way Union Street runs from Bath Street, the A438, to the central St Peter’s Church.

No other income-raising traffic violations in the street appear to have been recorded.

The information came to light via a freedom of information request from an unnamed member of the public. This only sought information on streets, not on the county's car parks which are also run by Herefordshire Council.

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