Huge increase in parking appeals

Figures just released by the Parking and Traffic Appeals Service (PATAS) show that the number of appeals against parking tickets issued by Barnet Council has risen by 45% and is now the second highest out of all London boroughs.

In 2013-14, there were 3,470 formal appeals against penalty charge notices (PCNs) issued by Barnet Council, up from 2,393 in 2012-13.  This is even higher than the 3,235 appeals against PCNs issued by Westminster Council tickets, a borough covering central London and which issues far more tickets.

The figures also show that Barnet lost almost 60% of its cases at PATAS, one of the worst records in London.  In answer to a question submitted by Labour's environment spokesperson, Councillor Alan Schneiderman, the Council has revealed that in hundreds of cases it doesn't defend its case and the resident's parking fines are simply written off.  And in some cases, the Council contests the appeal but then fails to submit any evidence leading to parking adjudicators making an automatic judgement in favour of the resident.

Cllr Schneiderman said: "Barnet has been treating motorists as a cash cow for too long and these figures prove it.  A huge rise in the number of appeals is bad enough but the fact that the Council loses almost 60% of appeals - and fails to defend hundreds of them - is proof that too many tickets are unfairly issued."

"It's time for the Tories to admit that the outsourced parking service has failed and we should look at bringing it back under Council control."

Notes:

1.    The Parking and Traffic Appeal Service (PATAS) considers appeals against Penalty Charge Notices issued by all London local authorities.

2.    The appeal statistics for 2012-13 and 2013-14 can be found on the PATAS website: http://www.patas.gov.uk/about/annualreports.htm

3.    Council Questions to the Leader can be found on Barnet’s website at: http://barnet.moderngov.co.uk/documents/s18863/Questions%20to%20the%20Leader%20and%20Committee%20Chairman%20as%20Delegated.pdf

Councillor Schneiderman’s questions are Nos 8, 38 and 54.

For more information contact:

Councillor Alan Schneiderman: cllr.a.schneiderman

To contact the Barnet Labour Group: 020 8359 2568

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