THE best and worst cities for motorists in the UK have been revealed in new research.

Brighton and Hove was found to be one of the least friendly in the country, according to the study by Vertu Motors.

The city was found to have the third worse congestion levels and the third most expensive car parks at £3.66 per hour.

Top ten worst cities for motorists

  1. London
  2. Brighton
  3. Glasgow
  4. Liverpool
  5. Leicester
  6. Birmingham
  7. Manchester
  8. Bournemouth
  9. Edinburgh
  10. Stoke-on-Trent

Petrol prices in Brighton were the second-worst among the cities analysed at 161.8p per litre.

However, despite this, drivers in Brighton have cheaper insurance premiums than the average driver at £567.65 per year.

Brighton’s place in the study comes after it was revealed the city council raked in almost £2 million in fines from a controversial set of cameras over nine months last year.

Sunderland took the top spot, offering the best driving experience in the UK, followed by Cardiff and Newcastle.

Only two cities in the South of England, Southampton and Bristol, managed to land a spot in the top ten best for drivers, with cities in the North making up 50 per cent of the list.

Top ten best cities for motorists

  1. Sunderland
  2. Cardiff
  3. Newcastle
  4. Coventry
  5. Middlesbrough
  6. Bristol
  7. Southampton
  8. Nottingham
  9. Leeds
  10. Sheffield

A Vertu Motors spokeswoman said: “While you may associate city centre driving with endless traffic jams, extortionate parking prices and even more expensive fuel, this is not universal across the UK.

“There are cities in the UK, such as Sunderland and Cardiff, that offer a much more enjoyable and stress-free experience on the road, with lower costs and less busy roads.

“Even in those more frustrating urban locales, there are myriad ways to make traversing a city centre a smoother experience.

“We recommend always checking routes before setting off and researching the best areas for parking and petrol prior to your journey.”

A total of 20 cities were ranked across five different categories, including congestion levels, fuel prices, and the cost of insurance premiums.