Released on 06 August 2013
Fewer parking tickets are being issued to motorists by London boroughs, according to new data.
Figures released today by London Councils show the total number of penalty charge notices (PCNs) issued in London for illegal parking has fallen by more than 90,000 from 4,131,738 in 2011/12 to 4,041,423 in 2012/13.
The total number of PCNs (across the full range of traffic and parking offences) issued in the capital has also dropped from 4,931,816 in 2011/12 to 4,895,252 in 2012/13.
If motorists want to challenge a PCN, they must firstly take up the issue with the council. They may then appeal to the independent adjudicators at the Parking and Traffic Appeals Service (PATAS).
This year one per cent of the penalties issued then resulted in an appeal being lodged with PATAS. The total number of appeals lodged with PATAS fell from 61,625 in 2011/12 to 55,274 in 2012/13.
London Councils’ Corporate Director of Services, Nick Lester said: “Fewer parking penalties are being issued because civil enforcement is deterring people from parking illegally.
“Boroughs are settling more issues before they reach the Parking and Traffic Appeals Service. Local authorities are also looking more carefully at representations from motorists at appeals.
“Anyone who feels they should not have received a penalty charge notice, has the right to appeal to the independent Parking and Traffic Appeals Service if they are not happy with their council’s response. PATAS have the final say in every disputed case.”
Notes to editors
London Councils does not collate the amount of money collected in penalties by the boroughs.
A two tier parking penalty system - based on the seriousness of the contravention committed – has been in operation across London since July 2007.
Of the total 4,041,423 parking penalties issued in 2012/13, 3,038,822 were for higher level contraventions. Examples of higher level penalties include parking on double yellow lines, stopping on a pedestrian crossing or bus stop and double parking. The rest, 1,002,601, were issued for lower level contraventions. Examples of lower level contraventions include overstaying time on a parking meter and not parking within the markings of a parking bay.
The enforcement and appeals statistics for 2012/13 are attached. Data from previous years can be found here: