Authorities issue 82,000 fewer parking and traffic Penalty Charge Notices

  • By Gemma Kappala-R...

Almost 82,000 fewer penalty charge notices (PCNs) for parking and traffic contraventions were issued by London boroughs and Transport for London (TfL) last year, latest figures reveal.

Authorities issued 4,664,281 PCNs in 2015/16, compared to 4,746,219 in 2014/15. This also represents a drop of 267,535 since 2011/12. Parking PCNs have fallen to their lowest level for 20 years to 3,348,951.

The number of appeals lodged with the independent appeals body London Tribunals fell by more than 12 percent on the previous year – 5,266 fewer – and the number of appeals lodged as a percentage of total PCNs issued fell to its lowest level yet.

In 2015/16, 37,909 appeals were lodged with London Tribunals, or just 0.80 per cent of all PCNs issued, compared to 43,175 the previous year (0.91 per cent).

Across London, the overall number of PCNs issued fell to the lowest level since 2000/01, however there was a rise in the number of moving traffic PCNs – those issued for contraventions such as making banned turns, blocking box junctions and going the wrong way down a one-way street. 

Cllr Julian Bell, Chair of London Councils’ Transport and Environment Committee, said:

“The statistics released today continues the overall downward trend in the number of PCNs issued, which is great news for motorists and enforcement authorities alike.

“Decreases such as this help demonstrate that, not only are motorists developing a clearer understanding of responsible driving and parking in the capital, but that boroughs and TfL are enforcing the law appropriately.

“Traffic and parking controls play an essential role in helping London’s councils and TfL manage the capital’s road networks. People often forget that without controls our roads would be far less safe and far more congested. It is sadly true that, without rigorous enforcement, far more people would ignore the rules. As London’s population grows, it is vital that all road users understand the rules and obey signs, so we can reduce congestion and make our roads safer for everyone.” 


Notes to Editors:

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1.    London Tribunals (formerly the Parking and Traffic Appeals Service (PATAS)) supports the Environment and Traffic Adjudicators and the Road User Charging Adjudicators, which are the independent tribunals which consider appeals against Penalty Charge Notices issued by the London local authorities and Transport for London.

2.    As part of the 2015 Deregulation Act, the government made it illegal to use CCTV alone to enforce on-street parking. As the Bill was progressing through Parliament, London Councils advised that this would have a negative impact on congestion, compliance and overall road safety. As a result of the Deregulation Act changes and to contribute to wider road safety and congestion objectives, many authorities have reallocated CCTV enforcement resources from parking to moving traffic contraventions. This is thought to have contributed to the increase in moving traffic PCNs issued. The increased use of unattended CCTV enforcement systems is also likely to be a significant factor in the increase in moving traffic. These automated systems capture more contraventions, being less dependent on officer observations. 

3.    Any income from traffic enforcement is ring-fenced for transport and highways improvements such as mending potholes and supporting concessionary fares programmes.