Parking Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) Consultation

Consultation has concluded


The Parking Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) Rebanding Consultation is being extended by a further month. This is because of a numerical error in the statement that said ‘the number of PCNs issued have increased by almost 70% between 2010/11 and 2017/18’. This has now been corrected to ‘The number of PCNs issued has increased by almost 50% between 2010/11 and 2017/18’.

Background

We would like to hear your views on our proposal to increase parking Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) tariffs in Barnet. Evidence from other boroughs, such as Haringey and Waltham Forest, suggests increasing charges for parking PCNs has been an effective deterrent and have reduced the number of incidence of inconsiderate parking.

Barnet roads are vital to support travel, including travelling by bus or cycle, and to support local businesses and employment. Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) are used as a deterrent to reduce inconsiderate parking, encouraging road users to drive responsibly and improving accessibility for all road users, including Blue Badge holders. They also help reduce traffic congestion on our roads which harms our environment through engine idling, noise and makes our borough a less pleasant place to be.

We enforce parking restrictions throughout the borough, with the exception of the A1, A41 and A406, as these are managed by Transport for London, and the M1, which is managed by Highways England.

Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) can be issued for several reasons, including parking:

  • in a disabled bay without a blue badge
  • on pedestrian zig zags
  • on double yellow lines

In the past seven years, the number of parking PCNs issued in Barnet has increased by almost 50%, from 99,882 in 2010/11, to 148,141 issued in 2017/18. This suggests that the current parking PCN charge does not act as a deterrent to inconsiderate parking.

What are we proposing?

In Barnet, most types of PCNs are currently issued at Band B. We are proposing to move this up to Band A, which will increase the penalty charge. We believe that this will be a more effective deterrent and reduce the number of incidences of inconsiderate parking. As outlined above evidence from other boroughs, such as Haringey and Waltham Forest, suggests that changing PCNs from Band B to Band A has reduced the number of PCNs issued in those areas.

Comparison of Band A and Band B PCN Charges

PCN Band Level
Higher (Discount)
Lower (Discount)
A (proposed)
£130 (£65)
£80 (£40)
B (current)
£110 (£55)
£60 (£30)


Please note that there will be no change to PCNs issued for moving traffic contraventions as these are already at the higher Band A tariff.

Civil Enforcement Officers, also known as parking attendants or wardens, patrol Barnet’s streets to help enforce parking restrictions. There are no targets or incentives for issuing PCNs. All revenue raised from parking fines is invested into improving the road network and public transport, and funding concessionary travel schemes, in accordance with legislation (Section 55 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984).

More information on our proposals is provided in our FAQ document.

Give us your views

Please take the time to read the FAQ document before completing our questionnaire.

For any further information, or to request a questionnaire in an alternative format, please email parking.clientteam@barnet.gov.uk or telephone 020 8359 4763.


The Parking Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) Rebanding Consultation is being extended by a further month. This is because of a numerical error in the statement that said ‘the number of PCNs issued have increased by almost 70% between 2010/11 and 2017/18’. This has now been corrected to ‘The number of PCNs issued has increased by almost 50% between 2010/11 and 2017/18’.

Background

We would like to hear your views on our proposal to increase parking Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) tariffs in Barnet. Evidence from other boroughs, such as Haringey and Waltham Forest, suggests increasing charges for parking PCNs has been an effective deterrent and have reduced the number of incidence of inconsiderate parking.

Barnet roads are vital to support travel, including travelling by bus or cycle, and to support local businesses and employment. Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) are used as a deterrent to reduce inconsiderate parking, encouraging road users to drive responsibly and improving accessibility for all road users, including Blue Badge holders. They also help reduce traffic congestion on our roads which harms our environment through engine idling, noise and makes our borough a less pleasant place to be.

We enforce parking restrictions throughout the borough, with the exception of the A1, A41 and A406, as these are managed by Transport for London, and the M1, which is managed by Highways England.

Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) can be issued for several reasons, including parking:

  • in a disabled bay without a blue badge
  • on pedestrian zig zags
  • on double yellow lines

In the past seven years, the number of parking PCNs issued in Barnet has increased by almost 50%, from 99,882 in 2010/11, to 148,141 issued in 2017/18. This suggests that the current parking PCN charge does not act as a deterrent to inconsiderate parking.

What are we proposing?

In Barnet, most types of PCNs are currently issued at Band B. We are proposing to move this up to Band A, which will increase the penalty charge. We believe that this will be a more effective deterrent and reduce the number of incidences of inconsiderate parking. As outlined above evidence from other boroughs, such as Haringey and Waltham Forest, suggests that changing PCNs from Band B to Band A has reduced the number of PCNs issued in those areas.

Comparison of Band A and Band B PCN Charges

PCN Band Level
Higher (Discount)
Lower (Discount)
A (proposed)
£130 (£65)
£80 (£40)
B (current)
£110 (£55)
£60 (£30)


Please note that there will be no change to PCNs issued for moving traffic contraventions as these are already at the higher Band A tariff.

Civil Enforcement Officers, also known as parking attendants or wardens, patrol Barnet’s streets to help enforce parking restrictions. There are no targets or incentives for issuing PCNs. All revenue raised from parking fines is invested into improving the road network and public transport, and funding concessionary travel schemes, in accordance with legislation (Section 55 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984).

More information on our proposals is provided in our FAQ document.

Give us your views

Please take the time to read the FAQ document before completing our questionnaire.

For any further information, or to request a questionnaire in an alternative format, please email parking.clientteam@barnet.gov.uk or telephone 020 8359 4763.