Parking regulation fines

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Dear Imperial College London,

The university's website says on the page, linked below, that fines of £50 to £100 can be issued to motorists for a number of examples of "unacceptable behaviour".

https://www.imperial.ac.uk/estates-facil...

Could I please ask the university how many separate charges were issued in the financial years: 2020/21, 2019/20, 2018/19, 2018/17, 2017/16.

Could the university also tell me how much revenue it received from such charges in each of those five financial years.

Could the university please explain under what legislation it is able to charge these fines and require the recipient to pay.

Yours faithfully,

Owen Sheppard

IMPFOI, Imperial College London

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IMPFOI, Imperial College London

Dear Mr Sheppard

 

Thank you for your recent Freedom of Information request. Please find
below the College's response to your questions.

 

The university's website says on the page, linked below, that fines of £50
to £100 can be issued to motorists for a number of examples of
"unacceptable behaviour".

 

[1]https://www.imperial.ac.uk/estates-facil...

 

Could I please ask the university how many separate charges were issued in
the financial years: 2020/21, 2019/20, 2018/19, 2018/17, 2017/16.

 

Parking fines in College carparks are issued by First Parking. The College
does not hold a record of the number of charges that were issued.

 

Could the university also tell me how much revenue it received from such
charges in each of those five financial years.

 

The table below shows the amount the College received from First Parking
in respect of parking fines:

 

Gross amount payable to
Year Imperial
 £                       
2016 0 
 £                       
2017 0  
2018  £               256.00
2019  £               421.60
2020  £                 54.40
 £                       
2021 0 
Total  £               732.00

 

 

Could the  university please explain under what legislation it is able to
charge these fines and require the recipient to pay.

 

As explained above fines are issued by  First Parking. First Parking are
an approved member of the British Parking Association (BPA) which allows
them to legally carry out parking control and enforcement. First Parking
adhere to the BPA code of practice.

 

Under section 20 of the Code, this details the contract between the
enforcement company and the driver:

 

Clause 20.2

In the Code ‘parking charges’ means charges arising from enforcement under
three different circumstances:

• when a motorist breaks the terms and conditions of a parking contract

• when a motorist trespasses by parking without permission

• agreed charges that are advertised in the contract; for example, for an
overstay.

 

Clause 20.5

If the parking charge that the driver is being asked to pay is for a
breach of contract or act of trespass, this charge must be proportionate
and commercially justifiable. We would not expect this amount to be more
than £100. If the charge is more than this, operators must be able to
justify the amount in advance.

 

The contract formed between the motorist and the enforcement company are
detailed on the signage within the car park. By leaving a vehicle on
private land, the motorist has agreed to the said terms and conditions –
this is entering a contact. First Parking are fully compliant with British
Parking Association regulations on the signage. Should a motorist not wish
to be bound by these, they can then leave the site without incurring a
Parking Charge.

 

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Freedom of Information Team

Imperial College London 

 

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