Parking 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

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

Enforcement activity 2019 to 2020
Enforcing authority Higher Level Parking PCNs Lower Level Parking PCNs Total Parking PCNs Bus Lane PCNs Moving Traffic PCNs Total PCNs
Total 3,121,078 831,040 3,952,118 400,973 1,829,348 6,182,439
Transport for London 423,145 0 423,145 27,317 299,401 749,863
Westminster 205,733 67,556 273,289 0 43,952 317,241
Islington 103,195 60,943 164,138 6,928 129,121 300,187
Newham 155,513 35,351 190,864 20,466 83,470 294,800
Camden 131,185 69,536 200,721 21,585 32,082 254,388
Lambeth 124,310 17,799 142,109 55,964 46,678 244,751
Barnet 97,271 29,766 127,037 22,652 93,397 243,086
Haringey 161,939 29,227 191,166 17,778 29,948 238,892
Hammersmith & Fulham 123,849 27,136 150,985 18,136 68,782 237,903
Waltham Forest 99,457 13,107 112,564 22,495 98,652 233,711
Kensington & Chelsea 121,257 76,199 197,456 0 0 197,456
Brent 106,727 17,618 124,345 11,166 57,495 193,006
Ealing 58,007 14,276 72,283 30,529 80,683 183,495
Wandsworth 108,234 17,932 126,166 209 52,149 178,524
Croydon 90,062 25,597 115,659 6,025 56,183 177,867
Harrow 69,414 21,775 91,189 13,212 67,540 171,941
City of London 42,865 11,413 54,278 0 106,020 160,298
Redbridge 56,334 32,079 88,413 0 61,049 149,462
Hackney 71,684 12,824 84,508 12,423 51,665 148,596
Enfield 51,689 16,306 67,995 18,998 51,266 138,259
Hounslow 75,429 24,253 99,682 5,176 27,617 132,475
Merton 35,003 23,171 58,174 18,167 53,286 129,627
Kingston 52,223 24,581 76,804 16,953 30,542 124,299
Southwark 75,081 12,032 87,113 7,673 26,063 120,849
Tower Hamlets 76,156 14,062 90,218 2,741 24,736 117,695
Barking & Dagenham 57,834 9,077 66,911 17,735 31,118 115,764
Havering 54,193 13,602 67,795 4,712 35,984 108,491
Lewisham 43,973 15,055 59,028 2,917 34,097 96,042
Richmond 43,202 21,103 64,305 3,163 15,204 82,672
Hillingdon 51,924 16,397 68,321 1,311 13,005 82,637
Bromley 40,828 24,018 64,846 13,589 0 78,435
Bexley 40,868 12,704 53,572 0 14,083 67,655
Greenwich 48,649 17,663 66,312 0 0 66,312
Sutton 23,845 6,882 30,727 953 14,080 45,760

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 2020
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
1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020 40,868 12,704 53,572 14,083 67,655

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 Statistics

Performance statistics from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020:

  • number of Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) issued for on-street contraventions 49,646
  • number of PCNs issued for off-street parking contraventions 3,926
  • number of moving traffic contravention PCNs 14,083

The following figures are based on those identified within the issue period, e.g. of the number of PCNs issued between 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2020, a total of 4940 were resolved/cancelled within the same period.

Resolved - 3,484

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 - 1,456

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 2019 to 31 March 2020, a total of 48,235 were paid within the same period:

  • number of PCNs paid against on-street contraventions 45,557
  • number of PCNs paid against off-street contraventions 2,678
  • number of PCNs paid (on and off-street) within discount period 32,914

Top 10 parking contraventions

There were approximately 42 separate civil parking contravention codes in use within the London Borough of Bexley in 2019 to 2020. 

The following table highlights the top 10 most contravened parking controls (excluding moving traffic contraventions).

Top 10 most contravened parking controls (excluding moving traffic contraventions)
Contravention Total
Yellow line Parking 11,216
Footway Parking 9,878
Parked in a residents or shared use bay 6,191
Parked without payment (Off-Street) 4,843
Parked on a loading restriction 3,201
Parked without payment (On-street) 3,187
Parked in a loading place without loading 2,892
Parked after expiry of time (Off-Street) 2,152
Parked next to a dropped footway 1,531
Stopped on School Keep Clear markings 1,481
Total of all contraventions 46,572

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 49,646
Off-street 3,926
Moving traffic 14,083

Number of permits issued in each CPZ

Number of permits issued in each Controlled Parking Zone (CPZ)
Area Controlled Parking Zone Residential Permits Business Permits Visitor Scratch Cards
Bexleyheath Town Centre A 557 10 458
Abbey Wood Station AW 183 0 51
Sidcup Station B 359 48 194
Welling Station D 133 5 97
Crayford Station E 183 5 147
Erith Town Centre ER 77 3 39
Falconwood Station F 34 0 11
Bexleyheath Station G 426 11 358
Bexley Village H 233 8 121
Albany Park J 75 0 71
Barnehurst K 115 0 117
New Eltham Station N 131 0 54
Pinnacle Hill P 49 0 24
Sidcup Town Centre S 114 19 93
Welling Town Centre W 130 0 81
West Sidcup WS 46 0 26
Total N/A 2845 109 1942

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 2019 to 2020 (on-street only).

Total Parking Account
Total Parking Account (£000s)
Parking fees 1,263
Permit fees 1,889
Penalty charge income 2,937
Total income 6,089
Total expenditure 1,794
Net Surplus for the year
Net Surplus for the year (£000s)
Balance brought forward 0
Application of fund surplus in 2018/19 4,295
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 1,728
On-street parking project 80
Revenue Budget
Revenue Budget (£000s)
Traffic and road safety schemes contractor costs 11
Highways revenue 2,321
Traffic revenue 57
Transport revenue 44
Street Lighting 0
Road safety – Special Campaigns 14
Road Safety – Training Schemes 0
School Travel Plans 40
Total application of surplus 4,295

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) £1,051
  • miscellaneous income £253

Archived annual reports

Annual report - 2018 to 2019

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