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UK News London and Cardiff raked in £58.2m from fines for moving traffic offences last year - half of which were for yellow-box junction infringements

03:50  19 august  2020
03:50  19 august  2020 Source:   thisismoney.co.uk

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The biggest earning offences for Cardiff were "no turns" - yielding £ 1.4m, with £ 826,424 for yellow box junctions and £ 182,782 for "no-entry" offences . Councils in London and Cardiff raked in a combined £ 58 . 2 m from drivers committing moving - traffic offences in just one year , the RAC found.

Traffic wardens in Cardiff could become the first outside London to get powers to issue tickets for The Welsh government won the right to grant councils those extra powers last March and Cardiff is One camera on a yellow box junction in Bagley's Lane in Fulham caught 29,000 drivers last year

London and Cardiff pocketed a combined £58.2million from drivers who committed moving traffic offences in a year, a new report by the RAC has found.

More than half of the fines - at £31.4million - were from yellow-box junction infringements in the financial year 2018/19, which continue to prove lucrative for authorities across both capitals.

One of these junctions, a yellow box in Westminster generated a staggering £333,295, the investigation found.

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Fines for these offences can be as much as £ 130 Almost 4,000 motorists are being captured by CCTV cameras in London contravening moving traffic laws every day, a new investigation shows. What is a yellow box junction and how do they work? Everything you need to know about box

FURIOUS car owners are being hit with staggering fines for traffic offences they haven't even The act was set up to impose fines for unpaid parking violations, which are civil and not criminal Craig Cheetham from London received a Penalty Charge Notice for a yellow box infringement on Euston

a car parked on a city street: Body blow for boxed-in motorists: Of the £58.2million in revenues from fines to motorists committing moving traffic offences in the English and Welsh capitals in 2018/19, more than half (£31.4million) were for yellow-box junction infringements, it has been revealed in a new report © Provided by This Is Money Body blow for boxed-in motorists: Of the £58.2million in revenues from fines to motorists committing moving traffic offences in the English and Welsh capitals in 2018/19, more than half (£31.4million) were for yellow-box junction infringements, it has been revealed in a new report

Moving traffic offences also include motorists caught making an illegal turn or driving down a 'no entry' road.

The enforcement of these in the two cities increased by 25 per cent compared to two years earlier.

A similar investigation by the RAC found that authorities raked in £46.7million from these types of fines in 2016/17 - meaning an additional profit of £11.5million in the most recent earnings report.

The figures were revealed after the motoring group issued a freedom of information request to all local authorities that are currently able to enforce these offences in England and Wales.

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CARDIFF COUNCIL has become the first local authority outside London to begin fining drivers who become stranded in yellow boxes , using CCTV cameras. “We get a lot of complaints about yellow box junctions that are badly designed so drivers do get trapped in them,” said Paul Watters, of the AA.

This is despite fines for the offence costing as much as £ 130 in London and £ 70 outside the Contrary to popular belief, motorists can technically be fined for moving slowly in traffic through a Yellow box fines in london . Londoners were fined most for blocking theese five yellow box

Only Transport for London, London boroughs and Cardiff Council have the powers to issue penalty charge notices (PCNs) to motorists for these offences.

However, the Department for Transport confirmed last month that it plans to extend these enforcement powers to all local authorities in England and Wales, which could see a huge spike in moving traffic offences.

Currently, local authorities outside of London and Cardiff only have powers to enforce bus lane contraventions.

The interactive table below shows the number of fines in thousands and the money brought in

Commenting on the findings, the RAC said the percentage increase in the number of PCNs issued was greater than the revenue increase.

In 2016/17 councils issued 752,871 PCNs, rising to 1,007,405 in 2018/19, which equates to a 34 per cent hike.

Yellow box junctions were - yet again - by far the most lucrative.

Drivers can be fined up to £130 for unlawfully stopping in a yellow box, though most PCNs issued will halve this cost if paid within a fortnight of the ticket being issued.

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Transport for London is using a loophole introduced in 2003 to pursue car owners for fines related to traffic offences involving their vehicles. This includes parking violations and entering yellow box junctions and bus lanes. It means owners have to foot fines of £ 130 even if they weren't at the wheel.

Congestion charge fines to be hiked to £ 160 in London next year , TfL reveals, and bus lane, yellow box and parking penalties will follow. The parking fines are for offences committed on London 's red routes and not those issued by individual councils, however, it is likely that many local authorities with

Motorists caught stopping in them by CCTV cameras were fined a combined £31.4milllion in 2018/19, compared to £22.3million for 'no turn' offences and £4.4million for 'no entry' contraventions.

a sign on the side of the street: Authorities in London and Cardiff pocketed revenues of £4.4million for 'no entry' contraventions in 2018/19 © Provided by This Is Money Authorities in London and Cardiff pocketed revenues of £4.4million for 'no entry' contraventions in 2018/19

RAC head of roads policy Nicholas Lyes said: 'It's plain for all to see that London boroughs, TfL and Cardiff are generating phenomenal sums of money from the enforcement of moving traffic offences.

'The vast majority of drivers we've surveyed agree that those who stop on yellow boxes, make illegal turns or go through 'no entry' signs need to be penalised, but when it comes to extending powers to other councils many are concerned, with 68 per cent thinking local authorities will rush to install cameras to generate additional revenue.'

Lyes added that four in 10 drivers (39 per cent) also believed that road layouts and signage will be made to be 'deliberately confusing' to increase the number of PCNs issued.

'Clearly, the priority for enforcement should be to improve road safety and reduce congestion,' he explained.

London and Cardiff authorities take £58.2m fines from moving traffic offences

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'The Department for Transport has decided to extend enforcement powers to other local authorities, however we believe guidance should be issued setting out where enforcement should be targeted and the types of signs that must be used to make drivers aware that enforcement cameras are operating, and for what type of moving traffic offence.

'It should also make clear the circumstances in which a PCN can be appealed and where mitigating circumstances may apply such as stopping in a yellow box to allow an emergency services vehicle to go by.'

There are currently proposals for first offenders to be issued with a warning letter before subsequent penalties apply.

The RAC backed this move, adding that it is particularly important where changes are made to road layouts, such as the introduction of hatched yellow-box markings at congested junctions.

'What we do not want is this being seen by cash-strapped local authorities as a way to generate revenue,' Lyes added.

The RAC has also called on local authorities - once granted powers to enforce moving traffic offences - to publish annual reports, including receipts by type and by junction.

'We would also encourage them to monitor hot spots where an unusually high proportion of PCNs are issued as this is more than likely a clear indication of a problem with signage or road layout,' the motoring group's road policy spokesman explained.

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Where are the moving traffic offence 'danger zones'?

a police car parked in a parking lot: Transport for London has 399 yellow box junctions but declined to disclose to the RAC how many are enforced © Provided by This Is Money Transport for London has 399 yellow box junctions but declined to disclose to the RAC how many are enforced

Yellow box junctions

Of the authorities which benefitted the most from the enforcement of yellow box junctions, TfL topped the table with a revenue of nearly £10million (£9,969,545 – 135,923 PCNs) in 2018/19.

However, in terms of single councils, Hammersmith & Fulham was the runaway leader with a £3.5million yellow box revenue pot (from 53,576 PCNs) generated from 16 enforced junctions out of 23 in its area.

It was £1.1million ahead of its nearest rival Redbridge, which made £2.4million (34,782 PCNs from 14 enforced junctions out of a total of 35).

Merton, the only other council to pocket more than £2million in yellow box penalties, was third on £2.2million (31,081 PCNs from 27 enforced junctions, no overall total of junctions available).

In terms of average revenues per enforced junction, Westminster recorded the highest figure with a single junction generating £333,295 from 4,595 PCNs. Hammersmith & Fulham had the second largest average on £223,472 (£3.5million from 16 enforced junctions) and Richmond had the second largest average revenue with £156,117.

TfL has 399 yellow box junctions but declined to disclose how many are enforced.

The interactive table below shows the number of fines in thousands and the money brought in

a close up of a traffic light sitting next to a sign: Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras located at junctions with 'no turn' instructions helped authorities issue fines worth £22.3million in 2018/19, says the report © Provided by This Is Money Automatic Number Plate Recognition cameras located at junctions with 'no turn' instructions helped authorities issue fines worth £22.3million in 2018/19, says the report

No turn offences

Three authorities topped £2million in revenue from 'no turn' offences with Ealing even managing to outdo TfL with a revenue of £2.6million (from 44,612 PCNs) versus £2million (£2,093,651, from 28,978 PCNs).

Hackney had the third highest total on £1,888,845.

No entry offences

Harrow was top for 'no entry' offences with a revenue of £549,785 followed by Southwark on £420,760 and Islington on £357,265.

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