Parking Ticket Charges - Proposed Increase

Closes 26 Jan 2020

Opened 13 Dec 2019

Overview

London has two charging levels for Parking Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs), often known as parking tickets. Hounslow is a Band B borough except for the Twickenham Stadium Event scheme, which already operates at the higher Band A level. We now propose applying to become a Band A borough to help improve the level of compliance with parking restrictions. 

Within each band, there is a further Higher / Lower charging split according to the severity of offence, as shown in the table below. A 50% discount applies for early (i.e. within 14 days) payments. These amounts are as shown in brackets.

Band

Higher (Discounted)

Lower (Discounted)

A

£130 (£65)

£80 (£40)

B

£110 (£55)

£60 (£30)

In real terms, this means a PCN issued for overstaying in a car park in our borough can be settled at £30, while one issued for parking in a disabled bay can be settled at £55. Our proposal would see a £10 increase in both cases.

Why We Are Consulting

The number of PCNs issued in our borough has grown by 39% since 2015. This includes large increases in categories of particular concern to the council (see table in the “Related” section below), such as footway parking contraventions, which greatly impact those with wheelchairs and pushchairs. While part of this increase may be attributed to new restrictions (e.g. more disabled bays) and improved detection by the enforcement team, that does not account for such significant growth. The decreased deterrent of the charges, which have not been reviewed since 2011, is believed by the council to be a major factor.  

The aim of a well-functioning parking operation is high compliance, achieved with clear and appropriate restrictions, supported by robust and fair enforcement. The council believes an increase in the penalty amount will improve PCNs’ deterrent effect, resulting in higher compliance and reducing the number of PCNs issued.

Other boroughs such as Barnet, Brent, and Ealing are also considering re-banding. A map in the "Related" section shows the current council bands.

This consultation is to gather your views to inform any application we make to The Secretary of State to become a Band A borough for parking offences.

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