of Parking Violations Increases By 25%
penalty charges from April and clamping to come to Ealing borough
"soon" but Councils' bid to move Chiswick into a higher
London Boroughs of Hounslow and Ealing have given notice of increases
in penalty charges (parking tickets) that will come into effect
on April 1st.
decision to set the increase across all bands at £20 is the
result of a consultation process that included the Boroughs and
Association of London Government (ALG) with the decision ultimately
resting with The Mayor of London.
a local level it means that in Chiswick, which falls into band B
in both Hounslow and Ealing Boroughs, the cost of a parking ticket
will now be £80. This charge will also apply to those who
are found to not have renewed their CPZ licences on expiry.
addition to the raised penalty charges, Ealing Council are also
planning to introduce the clamping of parking offenders, with an
increased charge to free the vehicle. Their submission to the ALG
stated that they hoped to introduce clamping soon. Hounslow Council
are investigation the possibility of clamping but have no plans
is at present in band B, however in 2001 both boroughs applied unsuccessfully
to Association of London Government (ALG) to have the W4 area placed
in the higher band A. This band carries a £100 price tag on
a parking ticket, the same level as bus lane violations. ALG rejected
the application on the grounds of “insufficient information” to
support the claim but said it would re-consider the request as part
of a 2002 consultation exercise if re-presented by the boroughs
a borough applies for an increase in penalty charge level, they
must be able to provide amongst others “evidence to demonstrate
what other action has been taken to tackle non-compliance, for example
: a review of restrictions and signing, increased patrols, introduction
of clamping, removal, CCTV enforcement”.
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