190,000 tickets handed to Newham drivers in one year

New figures from London Councils reveal that Newham issued the fourth highest number of parking tickets in the capital last tax year.

Newham issued more than 520 penalties to drivers each day - or one every three minutes.

It was the fourth highest total of Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) in London.

Newham Council issued a total of 190,393 PCNs for parking and driving in fringements from April 1, 2010 to March 31, 2011, according to a London Council’s report released.

This inb 2009/10 was 184,696.

Around 160,000 of those in Newham were “higher level PCNs”, a more serious/’prohibited’ offence, rather than “lower level PCNs” which totalled nearly 30,500 in comparison.

Only 1.24 percent of PCNs issued against the council were appealed, as the independent Parking and Traffic Appeals Service heard 2,644 last year, and there was a high rate of successul appeals with 1,343 allowed while 1,301 were refused.

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Overall, 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, by 41,208 the previous year.

Chair of London Councils’ Transport and Environment Committee, Councillor Catherine West, said: “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 who have the final say in every disputed case.”