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Sixty-five per cent of drivers win Redbridge parking fine appeals

PUBLISHED: 07:00 03 December 2018

London Councils has issued the latest parking and traffic fine appeals figures. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA

London Councils has issued the latest parking and traffic fine appeals figures. Picture: Jonathan Brady/PA

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Redbridge is in the top five of a capital-wide count of parking fine appeals, figures have shown.

Julian Bell from London Councils. Picture: LONDON COUNCILSJulian Bell from London Councils. Picture: LONDON COUNCILS

In total 1,700 appeals were made with 1,097 upheld, a success rate of 65 per cent for aggrieved drivers, according to the annual count carried out by London Councils. The year before saw 63pc of appeals upheld.

Barnet saw the highest number – 2,885 – with Redbridge placed fourth out of 33 London councils.

Redbridge issued 164,126 penalty charge notices (PCN) in 2017-18 – the fourteenth highest behind top spot Westminster on 323,687 but five and a half times greater than lowest placed Sutton on 29,445.

A total of 131,422 PCNs were issued in Redbridge the year before, the figures show.

A Redbridge Council spokeswoman said: “The increase in volume is due to improvements to technology and enforcement practices made recently.

“Of the total number of PCNs, only a tiny proportion are appealed, one per cent.”

She added that parking controls played a huge part in keeping traffic moving and roads safe.

“We only issue PCNs where we believe there has been a breach of the regulations. All PCN income is ringfenced and used for essential traffic and highway schemes,” she said.

This included subsidising cheaper fares for locals.

Julian Bell, chairman on London Councils’ transport committee, said on release of the figures: “The vast majority of road users abide by rules that are there to protect them.

“Boroughs and TfL only issue PCNs when they believe they have hard evidence a breach of parking or moving traffic rules has occurred.

“All PCN income goes towards paying for essential traffic and parking services.”

The capital’s local authorities and TfL combined issued 5,616,402 charges in 2017-18 an almost 10pc increase compared to last year.

London Councils decides what to charge. Fines are currently set at £130 for parking, bus lane and moving traffic offences. Penalties can be reduced if paid within a certain number of days.

If drivers believe they have been fined in error, they can appeal to the authority that gave them the ticket. If still unsatisfied, they can take the case to an independent adjudicator at London Tribunals.

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