Motorists in Swansea have chalked up one of the highest numbers of parking tickets issued over the past year outside of London.
New figures just released by Churchill Car Insurance have ranked the city at fourth in a league of UK ticketing hotspots, discounting the top 13 which are all in London.
According to the company's figures, 35,543 penalty charge notices were issued in Swansea last year. The figure averages out at some 92 a day. The money raised from the fines came to £1,204,972. The figures excluded parking tickets issued by the police and private companies.
In total, councils issued tickets worth around £255 million though the actual amount collected may be lower because of unpaid fines or early settlements.
Outside of the London top 13, Cornwall tops the parking ticket league, with 47,002 issued during the same period. The very top of the table, including London boroughs, was Westminster, where 455,930 were issued.
A Swansea Council spokesman said tickets were only issued when motorists failed to comply with restrictions, and they regularly received complaints about illegal and dangerous parking.
He added: "Motorists will only be issued with a penalty charge notice if they ignore parking restrictions and park illegally. Parking enforcement is an essential service which ensures traffic routes are not blocked by careless and selfish parking, particularly in busy city centres such as Swansea.
"The council regularly receives complaints from residents who want enforcement in their community. Schools also complain about illegal and dangerous parking outside school gates.
"We also receive calls from the emergency services and public transport services because vehicles are unable to access certain routes. They want the council to tackle illegal parking and we are doing so."
Steve Barrett, head of Churchill Car Insurance, said: "Parking regulations are a hugely important part of keeping roads safe and clear, but it's also essential that fines are fair and proportionate.''