EAST Staffordshire Borough Council made £40,000 less than expected from parking fines during the summer, it has been revealed.
The authority had budgeted to receive £58,700 from parking cheats across the borough between July and September, but received just £17,928 in fines.
Council chiefs suggested that many motorists may have got away with parking illegally during the three month period, with the deficit partly put down to the number of traffic wardens currently on Burton’s streets.
But motorists are unlikely to be afforded that luxury for long, with the borough council currently the process of recruiting more traffic wardens.
Meanwhile, Belvedere Road, Horninglow, and Uxbridge Street, Burton, continued to be the town’s illegal parking hotspots this summer.
The council put the high number of fines in Belvedere Road down to the fact motorists were trying to dodge paying to park at nearby Queen’s Hospital.
Earlier this month the Mail revealed more than 2,500 motorists had been fined in the Coopers Square car park alone during 2012.