5,000 plus unpaid Derry parking fines

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More than 5,000 parking tickets issued in Derry over the last three years have gone unpaid, it has been revealed.

Figures released by the north’s Department of regional Development show that since 2010, a total of 31,832 Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) were dished out by ‘red coats’ in Derry for parking offences.

But the statistics - released in response to a Assembly question asked by SDLP East Derry MLA John Dallat - further show that around 15% of those PCNs have gone unpaid.

Mr Dallat said that revenue loss is “very substantial.” PCNs have an initial cost of £45, rising to £90 after two weeks and £135 after 28 days - meaning the outstanding 5,040 unpaid tickets meted out over the last three years in Derry could have raised more than £680,000. The SDLP MLA - the party’s Regional Development spokesman - said flaws in the system have only encouraged more drivers to default.

“The system, I believe ,is flawed and the decision to increase the penalty from £60 to £90 has only encouraged more motorists to default,” he said.

Across the north, more than 30,000 fines have gone unpaid since 2010 and a total of 351,995 have been issued.