More than 700 drivers fined in one month for turning right at Hornchurch junction
PUBLISHED: 13:00 25 June 2018
If every fine that was handed out wasn't paid within 14 days it would amount to £91,130.
More than 700 drivers have been fined in under a month after disobeying a no right turn rule outside of the Lidl store in Hornchurch.
That is on average one driver an hour - since the enforcement camera was first installed.
The enforcement camera was installed outside the store in High Street in March when the store first opened, but at first the council was only issuing warnings to drivers rather than fines.
The council started giving Parking Charge Notices (PCN) to drivers who have ignored the rule since Monday, May 21.
Between then and Monday, June 18, 701 PCNs were issued by the council.
Drivers have been given an initial letter fining them £130, however is this is paid with two weeks the fine is reduced to £65.
If every fine that was handed out wasn’t paid within 14 days it would amount to £91,130 - however if every fine handed out was paid within two weeks of it being received it adds up to £45,565.
Between the 29 days that the Recorder has information for, overall 701 fines have been issued, which is 24 fines a day, which is on average one an hour.
Councillor Clarence Barrett said that he had been told by a resident that they had been caught out by the right turn, and he then asked Havering Council how many times other people had been caught out too.
He said: “I drive down there most days and I now know not to turn right there.
“There are signs down there but I don’t think they are clear enough or big enough.
“Other drivers who are not from the area don’t know that you can’t turn right there, and they are being caught out.”
Lee Blackledge, 53, owns Home Sweet Home and Tiptoes which are both on High Street and he said: “I’m not suprised that that many people have been caught out.
“There needs to be a sign there to say that there is a camera there, I didn’t even know that.
“It’s alot of money to be fined as well, its not like you’re speeding or something like that.
“It’s obvious that the signs that are there aren’t enough because people are still doing it, there needs to be bells and whistles on it telling people that there is a camera.”
“I drive past every day and I see people doing it all the time.”