TfL is consulting on plans to increase the cost of its Penalty Charge Notices (PCN) in an effort to help reduce congestion and improve road safety.
The proposed increase from £130 to £160 – or £65 to £80 for early payment – is designed to ensure greater compliance on the roads and therefore improve traffic flow.
Launched on 4 September, the consultation will run until 10 November, with any changes potentially implemented in early 2018.
PCNs are given to drivers who either fail to pay the Congestion Charge – or contravene the rules of the red route network. TfL monitors parking and loading, yellow box junctions and banned turns and bus lanes.
TfL says that in the past five years there has been a 12% increase in the number of motorists being issued with PCNs. TfL adds that the rise from 1.3m in 2011/12 to 1.5m in 2016/17 is a clear indicator that the current deterrent is no longer effective.
More than a third of all London’s traffic use TfL’s red routes – a network of major roads that make up 5% of the roads, but carry up to 30% of the city’s traffic. TfL says that by keeping these main routes clear, road danger and congestion are reduced, ensuring that London remains an efficient, well-functioning city.
TfL is also keen to stress that it reinvests any money received from the PCNs back into London’s transport network for maintenance, reducing danger on the road and transforming the Capital’s streets into more attractive, accessible and welcoming places.
Paul Cowperthwaite, TfL’s general manager for road user charging, said:
“We are committed to keeping the Capital moving and by improving compliance we help keep junctions and roads clear, which if blocked cause significant impact to all road users.
“The overwhelming majority of motorists follow the rules; however we have seen a steady increase in the number of motorists flouting them so it is clear the current PCN level is not as effective as it once was.”
13 September 2017