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More than 120,000 traffic and parking fines issued in Havering in 12 months

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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Havering issued 120,000 parking and traffic fines last year, figures have revealed.

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

In total 1,133 appeals were made with 575 upheld, a success rate of 51 per cent for aggrieved drivers, according to an annual count carried out by London Councils.

The year before saw 71,203 fines with 59pc of a total 577 appeals upheld.

The borough issued 120,713 penalty charge notices (PCN) in 2017-18 – putting it in nineteenth place out of 33 London councils.

It was behind top spot Westminster with 323,687 but its PCN total was four times greater than lowest placed Sutton which slapped 29,445 fines on motorists.

A Havering Council spokeswoman said: “The council takes a sensible, pragmatic approach, accepting enforcement plays a key role in keeping our roads safe and moving – given that traffic congestion is an increasing concern to our residents.” She added that income received from PCNs was ploughed back in to the roads network by the council.

“We’re always working hard to improve our enforcement results and our appeal success rate.

“In 2017-18, we successfully defended more than 60pc of the appeals against the council, a good improvement compared with 50pc the previous year. We hope to improve further next year,” she said.

The council measures its success at defending contested appeals rather than all those received or the total allowed.

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 compared to the year before.

London Councils decides what to charge motorists for parking and traffic offences.

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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