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London PCNs soar to an all-time high

10th July 2008, Page 16
10th July 2008
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Keywords : Camden, Westminster

By Chris TinuaiL DESPITE THE FACT that Westminster City Council has issued some 50% fewer parking tickets to HGVs in the first half of the year, the Freight Transport Association (FTA) still says the overall number of penalty charge notices (PCNs) being issued to operators in London is as big an issue as fuel duty is for some members.

The claim follows figures received by the Brewery Logistics Group which show tickets issued by parking attendants (PAs) are costing hauliers more than £2m a year.

Group chairman Mike Bracey says he is dealing with members' complaints about multiple tickets being put on windscreens within minutes of each other when the vehicles have not moved. Some PAs . he adds, seem unaware of the boundaries between London boroughs, but even if they do know, they are still issuing tickets to vehicles already displaying a PCN.

A Tradeteam vehicle parked in Goodge Street was issued with two PCNs 14 minutes apart; one by a Camden PA and the other by a Westminster PA. Bracey says: "If the enforcers don't know [which is Camden and which is Westminster], what chance have we got?

A spokesman for Westminster Councilsaid: "Perhaps the delineation is not quite as clear as one would expect. Westminster has cancelled its ticket, which shouldn't have been issued; it was on the Camden side. We have briefed our PAs to make them fully aware of the borders."

FTA Policy manager Natalie Chapman says: -We have firms paying Lim a year in fines. Westminster, Camden and TfL are the top three issuers by a long way."

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