A consumer watchdog survey has suggested that a driver's chances of receiving a parking ticket and how much they would pay is largely dependent on where in Britain they were at the time the offence was committed.
After polling just under one hundred thousand drivers in various locations all over the country, Which? ascertained that you were much more likely to get a parking ticket not only if you had your car with you but also if you left it parked on the road.
Even more surprising was the discovery that your chances of being ticketed rose most steeply if you either parked on double yellow lines or where there were 'No Parking' signs in place.
Parking for longer than the designated time on the meter is also guaranteed to see you falling foul of the authorities.
The AA's Director of Operations Dennis Sewell expressed alarm at the findings and advised that "we will be seeking urgent talks with the Department of Transport. These findings are really most disturbing, although many of us in the driving fraternity have suspected as much for some time now".