Nearly 5.5 million parking tickets were issued in London between April 2008 and March 2009 - a fall of more than 10%.
According to figures from London Councils, Londoners had to fork out for a total of 5,466,219 penalty charge notices for tickets for being illegally parked, driving in bus lanes and moving traffic contraventions.
That was 11% lower than the previous 12 months while the number of clamping penalties also fell by 80% from 48,753 cases in 2007-08 to 9.832 in 2008-09.
There was also a 20% drop in the number of bus lane penalties and cases of vehicles removed went down from 87,770 in 2007-087 to 65,662 in 2008-09.
Figures show that councils are focusing their attention on penalising drivers who make contraventions in the higher band of penalties, with 75% of the parking penalties issued in 2008-09 were for breaches in the top band of the two-tier parking penalty system introduced in July 2007.
London Councils’ transport and environment committee chairman Mike Fisher said: “It appears that people are beginning to heed the warnings that if they break the rules they will get a ticket.
“At the same time, councils are successfully making more efforts to focus their activities on parking contraventions
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