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Newham sees second highest number of parking fine appeals in capital, figures reveal

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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Newham saw the second highest number of parking and traffic fine appeals in the capital last year, the latest figures reveal.

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

In total 1,905 appeals were made with 883 upheld, a success rate of 46 per cent for aggrieved drivers, according to an annual count carried out by London Councils. The year before saw 57pc of appeals upheld.

The borough issued 221,327 penalty charge notices (PCN) in 2017-18 – the seventh highest out of 33 London councils behind top spot Westminster on 323,687 but seven and a half times greater than lowest placed Sutton on 29,445.

A total of 155,821 PCNs were issued in Newham the year before, the figures show.

A Newham Council spokeswoman said: “The increase in the number of PCN’s is a result of the completion of the roll out of residents parking zones (RPZs).

“The whole borough is now completely covered by RPZs which has increased the number of streets where enforcement is active.”

She added that RPZs were introduced to protect residents from commuters using Newham streets as a car park before heading into central London.

Newham did not oppose 327 of the 883 appeals allowed after motorists introduced additional evidence against charges at the first stage of the process. The council accepted 37pc of such appeals.

The spokeswoman said: “As residents become more familiar with the way the RPZs operate, the council anticipates that the number of appeals will gradually fall.”

Julian Bell, chairman on London Councils’ transport committee, said on release of the figures: “The vast majority of road users abide by the rules that are there to help and 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 the provision of essntial traffic and parking services.”

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

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.

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