H&F has some of the most congested roads in the country.
The Council is doing everything possible to keep our borough moving, while helping hard working families. We have cut council tax six times out of seven. This year we have frozen parking charges.
Enforcing the rules of the road plays a major part in reducing congestion. We are also making improvements to key junctions, installing new parking bays (200 new bays, including 20p ‘Stop and Shop’ bays), introducing Boris Bikes and fining utility companies that overrun on roadworks.
Increased enforcement, through use of CCTV, is improving driver behaviour… which is reducing the number of fines being handed out… which is improving traffic flow.
CCTV enforcement at Bagley’s Lane has reduced the number of people being fined by 25%. Only one in 500 motorists passing through the junction receives a ticket. Bus delays have been reduced by 51%.
Delays in rush hour traffic have come down by 13.5% (measured by average mph speeds).
The vast majority of our residents respect the rules of the road, understand the need to have rules… and benefit from them.
The Council applies discretion in certain situations. Discretion for weddings, funerals and security vans. Discretion to the Mayor of H&F is only applied when receiving the valuable Mayoral chain.
CCTV enforcement staff apply the rules in a fair manner. There are no financial incentives. Only people who clearly contravene the rules receive a ticket. This is shown in the fact that H&F’s record at winning appeals is one of the best in London.
Evidence from the British Parking Association
Last year, the British Parking Association (BPA) presented evidence supporting regulations to allow local authorities to enforce some moving traffic contraventions to the Department for Transport.
Their evidence shows that when Transport for London piloted powers to enforce some moving traffic contraventions they recorded:
- Traffic flow increased by 73% at yellow box junction sites enforced
- The number of accident casualties went down by 19.4% at enforced sites
- Additionally there is evidence of bus journey times increasing by 12.6%
The BPA also highlighted evidence gathered from Camden Council who has been enforcing some moving traffic contraventions. Evidence shows that there has been a steady decrease in the total number of penalty charge notices (PCNs) issued each year over five years (down from 529,000 in 2007-8 to 330,000 in 2011-12). This is a result of increased compliance with the parking and traffic regulations and demonstrates the effectiveness of these powers in reducing congestion and pedestrian casualties.
In the London Borough of Islington, statistics show that the level of parking compliance is at 98% - more than the target 90%. This is largely thanks to the use of moving traffic powers.
Like in Camden, there was a steady decrease in the total number of PCNs issued over the past three years at Ealing using CCTV enforcement of moving traffic. At the same time, the Council has seen an increased compliance with the parking and traffic regulations.
London Councils has recorded a declining number of PCNs issued against the growing number of boroughs using moving traffic powers. This shows that where the level of detection of contraventions is high (that is, where CCTV is used) there is genuine deterrence.