Parking fines raked in £1.7m for Kirklees Council last year – making it one of the highest penalty charge earners in the UK outside London.

That’s according to a survey by insurers Churchill using Freedom of Information requests.

Kirklees earned £1,699,120 in parking fines in 2013 making it the sixth highest earning council for penalty charges in Britain outside the capital.

The council issued 27,181 parking fines in 2012/13, although 4,172 (15.3%) were successfully challenged.

Other councils earning big money from parking fines were North Somerset District Council (£2,250,130), Lincolnshire County Council (£2,196,590), Cardiff Council (£2,008,595), Cornwall Council (£1,988,956) and Scarborough Borough Council (£1,772,029).

Topping the chart were London councils including Westminster City Council which earned a whopping £24,290,255 from penalty charges, followed by Barnet London Borough Council (£8,876,011), Haringey London Borough Council £7,679,928 and Kingston upon Thames Royal Borough (£4,856,982).

Steve Barrett, head of Churchill Car Insurance, said: “Parking regulations are a hugely important part of keeping roads safe and clear, but it’s also essential that fines are fair and proportionate. In many areas, parking restrictions can be confusing and appear inconsistent, so we’d urge motorists to be vigilant when parking their vehicles to avoid hefty fines.

“The capital is extremely congested so we’d expect to see a higher number of restrictions in place and penalties being issued. However, there is a fine line between fair and opportunistic that councils shouldn’t be tempted to cross.”

A spokesperson for Kirklees Council said: “Kirklees signs and road markings are compliant with The Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002 (TSRGD) which prescribes the design and condition of use for traffic signs placed on the highway.

“Where it is necessary to have signage which is not included in the TSRGD then special permission from the Secretary of State for Transport is sought prior to installation.”

Which streets in Kirklees earn the most in parking fines? See our earlier story here

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