Motorists in England and Wales have managed to clock up 28m fixed penalty notices (FPNs) over the past ten years.
Analysis from Direct Line Car Insurance found that drivers managed to be fined 2.8m times a year on average with 5.6m FPNs for parking offences alone.
The research also found that over 15m FPNs were issued for speeding while 2.01m motorists were issued with fines for neglect of traffic signs and directions, or pedestrian rights, including failing to give way, running a red light or driving elsewhere than on the road.
Meanwhile, 2,030,100 motorists received a fine for the most basic of driver fails - not wearing a seatbelt – and more than five million (5,640,100) FPNs were handed out for selfish driver behaviours such as obstruction and parking offences.
Some 852,488 drivers received a fine because they were not up to date on their paper work. This includes vehicle registration and excise licence offences (i.e. not having a visible registration mark) as well as driving without valid insurance or while disqualified.
On a regional basis, drivers in Suffolk, South Wales and Merseyside were the worst offenders overall (362, 351 and 341 per 1,000 of the population respectively).
Direct Line’s director of motor Gus Park commented: “Millions of motorists are risking fines and penalty points for failing to obey the basic rules of the road, such as wearing a seat belt. The analysis highlights that millions of drivers are being penalised each year for flouting the most obvious of traffic laws, such as speeding.
Careless drivers put lives at risk and are also a major source of concern and irritation for those motorists that abide by the law.”