TRAFFIC wardens are to hand out thousands more tickets in Huddersfield.
They are going to war on drivers and aim to slap 14,000 more tickets a year on windscreens.
And the clampdown on drivers across Kirklees will fund a switch in how fines are dished out.
Kirklees Council predicts it will fine 41,000 motorists per year once it takes over the full responsibility for traffic wardens from the police in summer next year - compared with the 27,000 tickets currently handed out each year.
Council officials are convinced there is a problem with the present warden system and believe many drivers are getting away with parking illegally.
The hike in the number of fines will help cover the cost of transferring parking enforcement from the police to the council and taking on more wardens to patrol the streets.
It has yet to be decided whether a sub-contracted firm will be employed to police parking or if council employees will do the job.
To make the switch it will cost £930,000 of which £555,000 must come from revenue - or fines.
However a loss is expected in the first year as new staff are employed and fully trained. The number of traffic wardens will jump from 26 to 35.
The news has prompted fears that wardens will be over-zealous as they strive to reach monthly targets for the number of tickets they issue.
Kirklees Labour leader Clr Mehboob Khan slammed the plans and accused the council of using parking fines as a money spinner.
"To the public and to me this looks like a scheme to line the council coffers when it should be about safety," he said.
"I do not think there should be targets like the 41,000 figure.
"And I urge the cabinet not to employ a private company to do the work because then profits will be put above anything else.
"There is still time to stop this and if the public make a big enough noise the Cabinet will have to listen."
But Clr Ann Denham, who has responsibility for highways, backed the move.
She said it will make roads safer and stop jams caused when drivers park illegally.
"It is quite simple - if you don't want a fine, park sensibly," she said.
"People will get fines only when they park on double yellow lines or in places they should not.
"We will not be targeting drivers unnecessarily and the staff will be highly trained to make sure they understand how to do the job and how to deal with people.
"Yes, parking tickets will increase. It will be partly because we will be more efficient and partly because we will have more staff.
"This is still some time off and we are determined to get it right. It is a difficult and complicated process but I am confident the changes will benefit responsible drivers."