New data has revealed the Blackburn with Darwen streets where you are most likely to receive a parking fine.

Using figures obtained from a Freedom of Information request to Blackburn with Darwen Council, we can reveal the streets where the highest number of Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) were given out in the 12 months June 2020 to June 2021.

According to the data, 14,254 parking fines were issued in that period which is a nine per cent increase on the previous year (13,007).

A spokesperson for the council suggested that lockdown could be the reason behind the disparity in parking fine figures.

They said: “We would assume that this is due to being in lockdown for the most of 2020 and therefore fewer vehicles travelling on the highway.”

The data also unveiled which Blackburn with Darwen street saw the most amount of vehicles fined- and one stood out as a clear winner.

2,143 PCNs were handed out to vehicles in Copy Nook, Blackburn, between June 2020- June 2021.

Lancashire Telegraph: One of the troubled road sections on Copy Nook in BlackburnOne of the troubled road sections on Copy Nook in Blackburn

Highways and regeneration boss Phil Riley said Copy Nook’s high figures were a reflection of the red-line no-parking or stopping zone which was in force in that area.

The red route system was introduced on the £4.8million Furthergate Link Road in 2017.

It uses powers so far only implemented in London, Birmingham and Edinburgh and stretches from Larkhill and the Eanam roundabout to Accrington Road and Gorse Street with stopping and loading prohibited except in a few marked and signed bays with time restrictions.

Cllr Riley added: “ The red route has been in existence for a number of years and I would expect that most local drivers are well aware of the route and the correct way to drive in that part of town.

“It provides a clear route for buses to help to encourage more residents to use public transport -something that the government is very keen to do as the country recovers from the Covid pandemic.”

Other streets with a high number of parking fines include Blackburn’s West Park Road (788) and Church Street (815).

Blackburn’s Darwen Street came in at fourth where 572 PCNs were handed out between June 2020-June 2021.

Brown Street Car Park (529), Northgate (444) and Witton Park Cark Park (505) were high up on the list too.

Here is a full list of Blackburn with Darwen streets where PCNs were issued between June 2020-June 2021:

What is a Penalty Charge Notice?

According to the Blackburn with Darwen Council website, 

​​​​​​If you park incorrectly you may be issued with a penalty charge notice (parking fine).

If you receive a penalty charge notice it will cost either £50.00 or £70.00 dependent upon the offence. If you pay the penalty within 14 days a discount of 50% applies.

The Council may issue penalty charge notices (PCNs) to any vehicle within Blackburn with Darwen for the following offences;

  • Obstruction of a dropped kerb, crossing point or driveway
  • Obstruction of a cycle track or verge that has been lowered
  • Double parking
  • Double yellow lines
  • Single yellow lines (inside of restriction times)
  • Restricted waiting times
  • School "Keep Clear" markings

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