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London drivers to have their say on parking penalties.

01/07/2010

LondonCouncils Press Release: 01/07/10.

Drivers in the Capital are being invited to have their say on how much motorists should be charged in parking and other traffic penalties and charges.London Councils and Transport for London (TfL) have launched a three month consultation on levels of penalties for motorists who commit parking and traffic contraventions.

The amount of penalties charged is reviewed every four years. The last consultation, carried out in 2006, resulted in the introduction of the two tier parking system in July 2007. This means all contraventions on TfL roads and the more serious contraventions on London borough roads incur a higher penalty than other contraventions.

Londoners and other interested parties will be asked whether they think the two tier system works or whether there should be a single level of penalty charge.

They will also be asked for their views on how much penalties should be for:

  • Contraventions of parking regulations
  • Moving traffic contraventions including in bus lanes and yellow box junctions
  • Release from wheel clamps
  • Contravening the London Lorry Control Scheme
  • Bonds paid by persistent evaders appealing against one or more of their penalty charge notices
  • Storage and disposal charges

Following the consultation, a final decision will be made by Transport for London and London Councils’ Transport and Environment Committee on 9 December 2010. This will be approved by the Mayor of London and the Secretary of State for Transport. It is intended the new penalties will come into effect from 1 April 2011.

Chair of London Councils Transport and Environment Committee, Councillor Catherine West said: “We know that parking penalties are a contentious issue and we are encouraging everyone to have their say in this consultation.

“We must ensure penalties are at the right level to deter motorists from stopping the flow of traffic by parking illegally or carrying out dangerous manoeuvres which put other road users at risk.

“We also recognise motorists like everyone else are facing tough times and we want to be as fair as possible in parking enforcement.”

The consultation runs from 1 July until 30 September 2010.

To have your say, visit: www.londoncouncils.gov.uk/lcandtflconsultation or call 020 7934 9907

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