Have your say over parking penalties

LONDON Councils and Transport for London are inviting drivers to have their say on how much motorists who commit parking and traffic contraventions should be charged in penalties.

The penalties are reviewed every four years. There is currently a two tier parking system, which means more serious contraventions on London borough roads incur a higher penalty than other contraventions.

Londoners are being asked whether they think this system works or whether there should be a single level of penalty charge.

London Councils’ corporate director of services Nick Lester said views are also being sought on how much penalties should be for contraventions of parking rules and other traffic offences.

Following the consultation, a final decision will be made by Transport for London and London Councils’ Transport and Environment Committee which will be approved by Mayor of London Boris Johnson and the Secretary of State for Transport. It is intended the new penalties will come into effect from April 1, 2011.

The consultation runs until September 30 and people can have their say at www.londoncouncils.gov.uk/lcandtflconsultation