Parking and traffic contraventions increase in London

  • By Gemma Kappala-R...

The total number of penalty charge notices (PCNs) issued by boroughs and Transport for London (TfL) in 2016-17 was 10 per cent higher than last year, statistics published by London Councils show.

A focus on more serious contraventions is behind the rise, with higher level parking PCNs and moving traffic contraventions increasing by 11 per cent and 26 per cent respectively compared to 2015-16. These penalties are issued for a range of issues including: parking in disabled bays; obstructing pedestrian crossings and unsafe manoeuvres.

London boroughs are also using more sophisticated road monitoring techniques that are better able to help keep traffic moving and keep people safe, which may have also contributed to the shift.

Anyone who receives a PCN has the option to appeal through London Tribunals, the capital’s free and impartial appeals service. Less than 1 per cent of all PCNs received in London do result in an appeal at the tribunal and around half of these cases are upheld.

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

“London boroughs and TfL are committed to ensuring everyone can travel safely and easily in London. Enforcement of parking and traffic contraventions plays a part in this as it helps to ensure that people follow the rules of the road, which are designed to improve safety, reduce congestion and tackle London’s growing air pollution problem.

“It is disappointing that there has been a 10 per cent increase in the number of recorded parking and traffic contraventions in London this year. We will continue to monitor this to help boroughs address the underlying causes, which could lead to local or London-wide campaigns and measures to improve understanding and compliance with these important controls.

“However, we are pleased that there has been a 3 per cent rise in the number of drivers using the London Tribunals service to have their say on their PCN in an open and fair hearing. We hope that those who are unsuccessful in their appeal can learn from their experience so that roads can become better and safer for all Londoners.”


Notes to editors:

Click here to download parking enforcement and appeals statistics for 2016/17.

Total number of PCNs issued (including London Lorry Control Scheme):

2015/16 - 4,664,281
2016/17 - 5,132,319

Parking PCNs issued:

2015/16 – 3,348,951
2016/17 – 3,539,432

Higher level parking PCNs issued:

2015/16 – 2,451,204
2016/17 – 2,729,293

Lower level parking PCNs issued:

2015/16 – 897,747
2016/17 – 810,139

Bus lane PCNs issued:

2015/16 – 330,279
2016/17 – 351,174

Moving traffic PCNs issued:

2015/16 – 980,058
2016/17 – 1,235,679