Annual report

Every year, we report on how we enforce safe, legal parking in Bexley. That includes things like how many Penalty Charge Notices we issue (that’s what used to be known as ‘parking tickets’ years ago). 

We put all this information together, along with a table from London Councils including the numbers from across London. 

Enforcement activity

Enforcement activity

The table below is a reformatted version of the original table produced by London Councils.

Enforcement activity 2018 to 2019
Enforcing authority Higher Level Parking PCNs Lower Level Parking PCNs Total Parking PCNs Bus Lane PCNs Moving Traffic PCNs Total PCNs
Total 2,961,055 843,288 3,804,343 378,016 1,769,884 5,952,243
Transport for London 425,803 0 425,803 14,620 207,103 647,526
Westminster 191,018 67,962 258,980 0 49,727 308,707
Islington 112,833 50,171 163,004 9,452 87,884 260,340
Barnet 91,836 37,831 129,667 13,296 101,741 244,704
Camden 120,398 63,526 183,924 20,502 32,574 237,000
Newham 120,719 25,191 145,910 20,554 67,577 234,041
Hammersmith & Fulham 122,103 26,703 148,806 20,495 61,747 231,048
Ealing 79,189 20,945 100,134 33,640 84,990 218,764
Lambeth 108,065 15,479 123,544 47,066 40,055 210,665
Waltham Forest 88,205 12,068 100,273 5,155 98,204 203,632
Haringey 127,237 26,083 153,320 16,824 33,287 203,431
City of London 43,976 9,122 53,098 0 150,253 203,351
Kensington & Chelsea 123,182 76,822 200,004 0 0 200,004
Brent 98,552 19,800 118,352 10,968 62,890 192,210
Harrow 77,146 27,401 104,547 13,157 66,935 184,639
Croydon 77,243 28,000 105,243 4,886 70,834 180,963
Redbridge 80,959 37,429 118,388 0 56,892 175,280
Hackney 75,673 11,111 86,784 10,881 65,453 163,118
Wandsworth 114,668 13,662 128,330 245 33,918 162,493
Merton 40,200 28,325 68,525 21,014 63,132 152,671
Hounslow 79,992 20,924 100,916 4,497 39,942 145,355
Kingston 43,893 25,378 69,271 23,981 39,786 133,038
Havering 49,768 12,785 62,553 6,764 52,460 121,777
Southwark 76,610 11,696 88,306 5,773 24,694 118,773
Tower Hamlets 75,550 17,997 93,457 2,273 21,945 117,765
Enfield 48,996 19,199 68,195 19,121 26,942 114,258
Barking & Dagenham 47,504 6,538 54,042 19,504 38,654 112,200
Richmond 43,388 23,955 67,343 3,576 25,586 96,505
Hillingdon 43,469 11,556 55,025 3,295 27,087 85,407
Lewisham 8,138 46,526 54,664 7,525 19,327 81,516
Bromley 34,381 22,079 56,460 17,673 0 74,133
Bexley 36,107 9,648 45,755 0 11,751 57,506
Greenwich 31,140 11,260 42,400 0 0 42,400
Sutton 23,114 6,116 29,230 1,279 6,514 37,023

The ‘Total PCNs’ column represents the total number of parking, bus lane and moving traffic PCNs.

The table shows the performance across all London boroughs in relation to traffic and parking enforcement. It shows that in terms of the total number of parking penalty charges issued, Bexley Council issued the third-lowest number across London. This demonstrates the Council’s continued firm but fair approach and a balance between effective enforcement of parking controls together with a reasonable and considerate approach to motorists’ requirements.

How the figures for Bexley issued higher/lower level parking and moving traffic PCNs compare between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2019
Dates PCNs issued between Higher Level Parking PCNs Lower Level Parking PCNs Total Parking PCNS Moving Traffic PCNs Total PCNs
1 April 2014 to 31 March 2015 38,820 8,800 47,620 N/A 47,620
1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016 36,750 10,325 47,075 1,372 48,447
1 April 2016 to 31 March 2017 40,054 11,352 51,406 12,642 64,048
1 April 2017 to 31 March 2018 35,191 9,808 44,999 11,365 56,364
1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019 36,107 9,648 45,755 11,751 57,506

Penalty Charge Notice bands

Penalty Charge Notice bands for higher/more serious and lower/less serious
Penalty charge bands Higher/more serious Lower/less serious
Band A (penalty charges issued within Bexleyheath Town Centre Controlled Parking Zone) £130.00 reduced to £65.00 if paid within reduced payment period £80.00 reduced to £40.00 if paid within reduced payment period
Band B (penalty charges issued outside of the Bexleyheath Town Centre Controlled Parking Zone) £110.00 reduced to £55.00 if paid within reduced payment period £60.00 reduced to £30.00 if paid within reduced payment period
Moving Traffic Contraventions £130.00 reduced to £65.00 if paid within reduced payment period N/A
Off Street / Car Park penalty charges £110.00 reduced to £55.00 if paid within reduced payment period £60.00 reduced to £30.00 if paid within reduced payment period

Penalty Charge Notice bands for higher/more serious and lower/less serious

Penalty Charge Notice bands for higher/more serious and lower/less serious
Penalty charge bands Higher/more serious Lower/less serious
Band A (penalty charges issued within Bexleyheath Town Centre Controlled Parking Zone) £130.00 reduced to £65.00 if paid within reduced payment period £80.00 reduced to £40.00 if paid within reduced payment period
Band B (penalty charges issued outside of the Bexleyheath Town Centre Controlled Parking Zone) £110.00 reduced to £55.00 if paid within reduced payment period £60.00 reduced to £30.00 if paid within reduced payment period
Moving Traffic Contraventions £130.00 reduced to £65.00 if paid within reduced payment period N/A
Off Street / Car Park penalty charges £110.00 reduced to £55.00 if paid within reduced payment period £60.00 reduced to £30.00 if paid within reduced payment period

Penalty Charge Notice Statistics

Performance statistics from 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019:

  • number of PCNs issued for on-street contraventions 42,570
  • number of PCNs issued for off-street parking contraventions 3,185
  • number of moving traffic contravention PCNs 11,751

The following figures are based on those identified within the issue period, e.g. of the number of PCNs issued between 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019, a total of 7,559 were resolved/cancelled within the same period.

Resolved - 6,644

A PCN is resolved when we are unable to pursue the penalty and close the case without accepting payment. For example, when the DVLA has no information about the registered keeper, or even after our enforcement agent companies have attempted to collect the debt without success. A PCN is also resolved when we accept a challenge or representation made on statutory grounds or mitigating circumstances. For example, a vehicle parked in a loading bay and a delivery note provided proving loading/unloading was taking place. 

Cancelled - 915

A PCN is cancelled when we consider that it has been issued in error and close the case without accepting payment.

The following figures are based on those identified within the issue period, e.g. of the number of PCNs issued for on-street contraventions between 1 April 2018 to 31 March 2019, a total of 35,463 were paid within the same period.

  • number of PCNs paid against on-street contraventions 35,463
  • number of PCNs paid against off-street contraventions 4,326
  • number of PCNs paid (on and off-street) within discount period 30,430

Top 10 parking contraventions

There were approximately 42 separate civil parking contravention codes in use within the London Borough of Bexley in 2017 to 2018.

Top 10 most contravened parking controls (excluding moving traffic contraventions)
Contravention Total
Yellow line Parking 10,726
Footway Parking 9,217
Parked in a residents or shared use bay 4,946
Parked without payment (Off-Street) 3,981
Parked in a loading place without loading 2,674
Parked on a loading restriction 2,162
Parked after expiry of time (Off-Street) 1,997
Parked next to a dropped footway 1,787
Stopped on School Keep Clear markings 1,669
Parked without payment (On-Street) 1,301
Total of all contraventions 40,460

The table below shows the number of PCNs issued for on-street, off-street and moving traffic contraventions. This demonstrates that the main focus of Council resources for enforcement purposes is to improve motorist compliance with on-street parking controls, as anti-social parking and driving behaviour causes problems for all road users and impacts on the community.

Breakdown of PCNs issued on and off street
Breakdown of PCNs issued Total
On-street 42,570
Off-street 3,185
Moving traffic 11,751

Number of permits issued in each CPZ

Number of permits issued in each Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ)
Area and Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ) Residential Permits Business Permits Visitor Scratch Cards
Bexleyheath Town Centre - A 680 14 446
Abbey Wood Station - AW 189 0 47
Sidcup Station - B 394 55 201
Welling Station - D 147 5 141
Crayford Station - E 217 3 133
Erith Town Centre - ER 89 6 43
Falconwood Station - F 32 0 18
Bexleyheath Station - G 464 17 416
Bexley Village - H 248 13 156
Albany Park - J 77 0 71
Barnehurst - K 119 2 115
New Eltham Station - N 125 0 80
Pinnacle Hill - P 58 0 18
Sidcup Town Centre - S 143 33 94
Welling Town Centre - W 170 0 95
West Sidcup - WS 57 0 36
Total 3,209 148 2,110

Financial information

Section 87 of the Traffic Management  Act  2004 provides for guidance to be supplied by the Secretary of State in relation to civil parking enforcement and as set down in Sections 113 through to 117 of the 'Secretary of State’s guidance to Local Authorities on the Civil Enforcement of Parking Contraventions'.

Section 55 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984 sets out the Financial provisions relating to designation orders and specifies how any surplus must be spent, e.g. in the provision or maintenance of off-street parking, highway improvements, etc. Further details can be found at Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984.

Parking Account

The following is an extract of the Council's Parking Account for 2018 to 2019 (on-street only).

Total Parking Account
Total Parking Account (£000s)
Parking fees 1,788
Penalty charge income 4,361
Total income 6,149
Total expenditure 1,542
Net Surplus for the year
Net Surplus for the year (£000s)
Balance brought forward 0
Application of fund surplus in 2018/19 4,607
Balance carried forward 0

Application of Fund Surplus towards the following schemes:

Capital Expenditure at 31 March 2019
Capital Expenditure at 31 March 2019 (£000s)
Highways 1,795
On-street parking project 190
Revenue Budget
Revenue Budget (£000s)
Traffic and road safety schemes contractor costs 0
Highways revenue 2,411
Traffic revenue 87
Transport revenue 71
Street Lighting 18
Road safety – Special Campaigns 7
Road Safety – Training Schemes 0
School Travel Plans 28
Total application of surplus 4,607

Memorandum item for information only (this section does not form part of the Parking Account as off-street income is not bound by the provisions of Section 55 as above).

  • off-street parking fees (does not include deduction of expenditure) £881
  • miscellaneous income £228