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EDINBURGH is one of the UK's top three parking war zones, according to research.

It has 121 traffic wardens - the third highest total in Britain.

Only London's Westminster City Council and Borough of Islington employ more people to slap tickets on cars. The disclosure emerged in a study that found drivers paid pounds 340million in fines last year as councils swelled the ranks of wardens and laid more yellow lines.

One in 10 motorists were penalised as 17 per cent of councils expanded controlled parking zones into streets where drivers had been able to park for free.

The probe by motor insurer LV= found the number of parking attendants rose from 3630 in 2008 to 3841 this year - up 5.8 per cent.

One in 10 councils increased wardens by more than 20 per cent. Westminster City Council has the highest - 242 - followed by Islington with 135, then Edinburgh.

Local authorities in London can charge up to pounds 130 while outside the capital in England and Wales it's pounds 70.

In Edinburgh, it is pounds 60 but the penalty is reduced to pounds 30 if paid within 14 days.
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Date:Aug 31, 2012
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