Over 1,000 parking tickets issued in Carrick

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Over 1,000 motorists were issued with parking tickets in Carrickfergus last year, latest figures have revealed.

A total of 1,834 Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) were issued in the town between January and December.

Of the fines issued, 855 penalty charge notices were for on-street parking, while 979 parking tickets were issued for off-street parking.

The figures are contained in a new report from the Department for Infrastructure which presents data on Penalty Charge Notices issued during 2017 for vehicles found to be parked in contravention of parking restrictions.

Across Northern Ireland, a total of 94,542 PCNs were issued for on-street parking, an increase of 11 per cent from 2016 (84,876).

A total of 37,374 PCNs were issued for off-street parking, an increase of four per cent from 2016.

In the Mid and East Antrim Borough Council area, a total of 3,829 PCNs were issued for off-street parking.

In the neighbouring towns of Ballymena and Larne, a total of 5,137 and 1,119 PCNs were issued respectively.

The report states that PCNs are issued for vehicles found to be parked in contravention of on-street and off-street parking restrictions and vehicles detected driving in bus lanes.

“The aim of parking and bus lane enforcement is to reduce the number of vehicles illegally parked on our roads or driving in bus lanes or other bus priority measures,” the report states.

It is added: “This in turn reduces traffic congestion and helps traffic to flow more freely, assists delivery vehicles, allows buses to keep to their timetable and improves bus journey times, improves road safety and provides accessibility for all road users, including Blue Badge holders.

The report continues: “The enforcement of on-street limited waiting and pay and display spaces, Park and Ride charged car parks and council operated car parks also encourages a turnover of parking spaces, giving shoppers and visitors more opportunities to find suitable parking.”