Fines for breaking parking and traffic rules

Claire Wilde made this Freedom of Information request to Fife Council

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Hello,

Can I please request under the Freedom of Information Act:

1) The number of vehicles issued with fines (such as Enforcement Charge Notices or Penalty Charge Notices) for parking or traffic infringements between April 1 2018 and March 31 2019, including a breakdown by infringement type (e.g. driving in a bus lane)

2) Of the vehicles issued with fines in 2018/19, how many were for foreign registered vehicles

3) The number of foreign registered vehicles observed or recorded breaking parking or traffic rules in 2018/19 but could not be sent a fine because they could not be traced

4) The full cost of a standard fine and any discounted price offered, e.g. for early payment

5) The total amount of money paid in fines in 2018/19

6) The total value of any unpaid fines in 2018/19

Can I please also request the above information for the year 2017/18 as well.

If my request cannot be met within cost limits, please can you provide guidance and assistance on how I may refine my request.

Many thanks
Claire Wilde

Fife Council

Dear Claire Wilde,

ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) REGULATIONS 2004 – REQUEST FOR INFORMATION

Thank you for your information request received on 05/07/2019 our ref: 27801. This is being dealt with in terms of the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004.

The Regulations allow 20 working days to deal with your request from the date that we received it, but we hope to provide you with the information you are looking for at an earlier date where possible.

Yours sincerely

P Norcross

Fife Council

Dear Claire Wilde,

ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION (SCOTLAND) REGULATIONS 2004 – REQUEST FOR INFORMATION

I refer to your information request regarding Parking Fines, our ref: 27801.

I am pleased to enclose the information you requested and trust that it meets your requirements.

Request/Response:

1) The number of vehicles issued with fines (such as Enforcement Charge Notices or Penalty Charge Notices) for parking or traffic infringements between April 1 2018 and March 31 2019, including a breakdown by infringement type (e.g. driving in a bus lane)

Response - Fife Council only enforce parking restrictions and do not enforce bus lanes.

2018/2019 A total number of 21,768 PCNs were issued broken down as follows:

01 No waiting 2459
02 Loading/Unloading 1480
05 Ticket expired 1288
06 No ticket 3412
14 Non Electric/Charging 1
21 Suspended bay 1
22 Return prohibited 4
23 Prohibited Vehicle Class 784
24 Out of marked bay 263
25 Parked in loading bay 489
30 Overstayed parking time 3046
40 No/Invalid Blue Badge 1039
45 Parked on a taxi rank 153
47 Bus stop 254
48 Outside School 25
71 Electric Vehicles 36
80 Overstay 9
82 Parked after the expiry 872
83 No P&D Ticket 4029
86 Out of bay 1208
87 Parked in a disabled bay 486
91 Wrong class of vehicle 424
95 Wrong use of space 6

2017/2018 A total number of 21,890 PCNs were issued broken down as follows:

01 No waiting 2979
02 Loading/Unloading 1362
05 Ticket expired 1426
06 No ticket 3312
14 Non Electric/Charging 1
21 Suspended bay 1
22 Return prohibited 4
23 Prohibited Vehicle Class 928
24 Out of marked bay 160
25 Parked in loading bay 450
30 Overstayed parking time 3245
40 No/Invalid Blue Badge 913
45 Parked on a taxi rank 137
47 Bus stop 318
48 Outside School 40
71 Electric Vehicles 105
80 Overstay 9
82 Parked after the expiry 856
83 No P&D Ticket 3433
86 Out of bay 1461
87 Parked in a disabled bay 399
91 Wrong class of vehicle 333
95 Wrong use of space 18

2) Of the vehicles issued with fines in 2018/19, how many were for foreign registered vehicles

Response - 2018/2019 171 PCNs were issued to foreign registered vehicles and in 2017/2018 there were 172.

3) The number of foreign registered vehicles observed or recorded breaking parking or traffic rules in 2018/19 but could not be sent a fine because they could not be traced

Response - Fife Council do not send fines out, they are served to the vehicle at the time of the contravention only.

4) The full cost of a standard fine and any discounted price offered, e.g. for early payment

Response - Since April, 2013 the penalty charge as set by the Scottish Government is £60, which is reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days of the issue of the PCN.

5) The total amount of money paid in fines in 2018/19

6) The total value of any unpaid fines in 2018/19

Response - Fife Council does not hold the information requested in 5) and 6) but will be contained in a report due to be published later this year (October).

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Yours sincerely

P Norcross

J Roberts left an annotation ()

Scottish Legal News:

'The Upper Tribunal for Scotland has granted an appeal by a local authority which challenged a First-tier Tribunal decision that a man who parked at a railway station for 10 minutes without paying in order to collect tickets ought not to have been issued a penalty charge notice.'

https://www.scottishlegal.com/articles/u...