Parking tickets rake in £540,000

And the authority has continued to clamp down on the borough’s drivers as it revealed almost £330,000 had already been handed over by motorists in the first seven months of this financial year.

More traffic wardens have been recruited by the council in a bid to catch more illegal parkers.

However, bosses deny their tough tactics are simply a money-making scheme, despite a council spokesman saying it was “delighted” by the jump.

Tickets dished out to 21,773 motorists generated £540.010 in 2009/10 - an increase of 57 per cent from the previous year.

It means Doncaster recorded the biggest year-on-year increase in Yorkshire.

The total looks set to increase again with almost 13,000 drivers already given tickets between last April and October, resulting in £328,421 being shelled out.

The figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act also revealed wardens gave out more parking tickets in Hall Gate, Doncaster, than any other street in Doncaster.

A spokesman for Doncaster Council said: “This is the result of a lot of hard work by the extra enforcement officers we recruited during 2008/09.

“Doncaster Council is determined to clamp down on those who blight the borough with a range of anti-social behaviours.

From parking to fly-tipping, we are determined that people will be made to take responsibility for their actions.”

Money from parking notices collected by Doncaster Council in 2009/10 were more than double the income received by neighbouring authorities in Barnsley and Rotherham.

The total in Barnsley was £257,571, while Rotherham raked in £242,796.

Cash generated by Doncaster Council last year jumoped from £344.796 in 2008/09.

For the first time in three years Hall Gate was named as the Doncaster street where wardens handed out the most parking tickets, replacing Market Place.