UK councils are hiring more parking attendants, according to figures from LV car insurance.
The number hired by councils since 2008 has risen by 5.8 per cent since 2008, LV found. In addition, 17 per cent of councils slashed free parking.
More than 200 councils responded to a Freedom of Information request, showing 211 more ticket people had been hired between 2008 and 2012 – a rise from 3,630 to 3,841.
London's Westminster Council revealed it hires the most parking attendants (242), while London boroughs on average have 51 enforcing traffic, parking and related laws, compared with only 16 across the rest of the UK.
A total of 57 per cent felt parking in their nearest town was more difficult now than in 2008, LV's survey of 1,583 drivers found.
"There are plenty of other ways for councils to raise extra income or make savings like better procurement and sharing back-office services," said Local Government minister Bob Neill.
Managing director at LV John O'Roarke argued that the lack of free parking in council areas adds excess pressure on drivers who are already facing hefty fines for tyres replacement and other maintenance.
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