Londoners were issued with nearly 5.5 million parking tickets between April 2008 and March 2009, it was revealed this week – 11% fewer than in the previous 12 months.
Some 5,466,219 penalty charge notices (PCNs) were handed out for offences like driving in bus lanes and parking illegally, figures show, attracting more than 76,000 appeals from motorists. This marks a big increase on the year before, when just over 64,000 appeals were lodged.
The number of appeals heard by the Parking and Traffic Appeals Service rose by 20%, while the number of appeals won by motorists remained the same at 72% of cases heard.
Two-tier parking fines
A two-tier parking penalty system – based on the seriousness of the contravention committed – has been in operation across London since July 2007. Three-quarters of the parking fines issued in 2008/09 were for contraventions in the higher band of penalties.
London Councils’ transport and environment committee chairman Mike Fisher said: ‘It appears that people are beginning to heed the warnings that if they break the rules, they will get a ticket.
‘At the same time, councils are successfully making more efforts to focus their activities on parking contraventions that matter most while spending less time penalising minor cases such as overstaying on a meter for a few minutes.’
Parking ticket revenue
AA public affairs head Paul Watters said it was disappointing to hear that three-quarters of parking tickets are at the higher penalty level, and added that there were ‘stark contrasts’ in the number of parking tickets issued borough by borough.
He said: ‘Concentrating on persistent offenders and more serious offences will show those who make simple parking mistakes that the system is not just about making revenue, but there is still some way to go.’
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