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Mike Macey on...: Issue 212 6 Nov 2009

If two-tier penalties are about making money why is PCN revenue falling?

One must be wary when drawing general conclusions about differential penalties when reading London PCN statistics, Mike Macey responds to Mike Bracey

A system of differential penalties has been operating across London since July 2007 and many areas outside the capital since March last year. This approach allows higher penalties to be imposed for serious offences such as parking at bus stops, school safety zones and pedestrian crossings, while lower fines for less serious contraventions such as overstaying at a pay & display machine.

It is worth noting that of the 4.6m penalty charge notices (PCNs) issued in London in 2008-09, some 3.5m...

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