Compare your London borough in the parking ticket racket

This week London Councils published the yearly statistics for penalty charge notices (PCNs) issued by each London Local Authority and for Transport for London. The total number of PCNs issued in London for illegal parking, driving in bus lanes and moving traffic contraventions has fallen for the third year.

The borough which gave out the least number of PCN’s last year was Sutton with only 23,266 PCN’s issued.

Chair of London Councils’ Transport and Environment Committee, Councillor Catherine West, said: “The number of penalty charge notices issued is down for the third year which shows civil enforcement is deterring people from parking illegally.

The slow economic growth has resulted in less traffic on the roads, easing the pressure on parking spaces which has meant less illegal parking. These tough economic times may mean that drivers decide they cannot afford to risk incurring a penalty charge notice.”

However Westminster had 11% more appeals in the last year even though the total number of PCN’s Westminster Council issued has dropped by around 6% in the same period. Westminster’s moving traffic PCN’s has fallen dramatically by 32% to 10,160 from 14,946 the previous year. Camdens number of moving traffic PCN’s have fallen by 10% to 53825 this year. Yet TfL’s moving traffic PCN’s have increased a whopping 95% from 79,538 to 155,399.

The drop in moving traffic PCN’s in the two boroughs may well have been as a result of a CCTV pressure group known as the No To Mob. They have been highlighting the presence of CCTV spy car to passing motorist. A ‘Big Society’ initiative they call Schunting.

Transport for London bucked the overall trend and issued 515,586 PCN’s compared to 385,855 the previous year, which is a 33% increase in PCN’s.

We calculated from the latest PCN stats, 41% of all appeals were won in London last year. The London Borough of Hackney came top for PNC’s appealed with motorists appealing 2.65% of all the PCN’s they issue.

The total number of appeals lodged with the Parking and Traffic Appeals Service (PATAS) increased from 56,985 in 2009/10 to 60,213 in 2010/11.

PATAS heard 69,132 appeals in 2010/11, an increase of 13 per cent on the previous year.

Throw in the towel

There is a little myth that if you take your appeal all the way to PATAS that the Local Authority will throw in the towel and not contest the PCN (Did not Contest DNC). But only just over 17% were not contested, although the City of London did not contest over 45% of their PCN’s when it came to the crunch, which saw motorists winning over 52% of their appeal against the City of London.

Motorist receiving a PCN from the The London Borough of Hackney were most likely to appeal, with motorists appealing 2.65% of all the PCN’s they issued.

The highest number of successful PCN appeals by motorist was those issued by Barking & Dagenham, with motorist winning over 72% of appeals. The average percentage for motorists winning their appeals last year was 41.49% although London Councils sate that 51% of appeals were won by motorists.

DNC Total No of appeals % DNC % won PCNs issued 2010-11 Appeals / PCN
Barking & Dagenham 179 1698 10.54 72.3 102,437 1.48
Barnet 164 1441 11.38 40.2 124,139 1.03%
Bexley 207 1400 14.78 36.85 54,031 2.21%
Brent 161 972 16.56 34 102,229 0.79%
Bromley 174 1330 13.08 26.69 89,412 1.29%
Camden 736 6461 11.39 38.43 350,490 1.63%
City of London 1228 2693 45.59 53.24 62,372 2.35%
Croydon 157 1722 9.11 32.17 114,530 1.37%
Ealing 1216 5553 21.89 42.28 202,256 2.14%
Enfield 33 899 3.67 29.48 85,421 1.01%
Greenwich 28 532 5.26 25 36,733 1.37%
Hackney 486 2919 16.64 42.82 91,750 2.65%
Hammersmith & Fulham 295 2509 11.75 31.8 187,394 1.18%
Haringey 706 3367 20.96 42.6 177,164 1.50%
Harrow 180 1457 12.35 35.6 106,039 1.20%
Havering 142 762 18.63 40 37,420 1.66%
Hillingdon 115 472 24.36 39.93 76,285 0.47%
Hounslow 377 3109 12.12 37.53 139,213 1.96%
Islington 402 2040 19.7 32.45 206,279 0.79%
Kensington & Chelsea 273 2367 11.53 36.79 167,788 1.25%
Kingston 9 420 2.14 30 62,320 0.66%
Lambeth 1917 6611 28.99 52.97 201,743 2.33%
Lewisham 62 786 7.88 39 59,755 1.21%
Merton 132 841 15.69 40.66 58,516 1.21%
Newham 480 3124 15.36 43 212,452 1.24%
Redbridge 303 1809 16.74 48.09 111,805 1.35%
Richmond 104 953 10.91 38.82 74,831 1.13%
Southwark 296 2261 13.09 42.5 100,615 1.95%
Sutton 29 195 14.87 34.87 23,266 0.71%
Tower Hamlets 367 2358 15.56 43.38 99,973 1.99%
Waltham Forest 385 2341 16.44 54.97 133,112 1.47%
Wandsworth 177 1659 10.66 28.51 171,468 0.86%
Westminster 1959 9288 21.09 40.92 471,737 1.55%
Transport for London 1247 7509 16.6 38.35 515,586 1.21%
TOTAL 14726 83858 17.56 41.49 4,810,561 1.44%

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1 Comment

Esinem: NoToMobAugust 25th, 2011 at 1:08 am

Give the stated goal of “100% compliance without penalties”, TfL’s 33% increase in PCNs sounds like an epic fail!

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