London drivers pay £8.5m in parking fines

London councils made nearly £8.5m from pavement parking fines in the 12 months up to November.

A Freedom of Information request submitted by Autocar has revealed that 22 London councils generated £8,443,068 from Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs).

The London Borough of Newham proved to be the biggest hotspot for pavement parking infractions in the capital, with more than 21,000 PCNs issued, 45% of which have not been paid. Despite the high number of unpaid fines, Newham earned £936,391 in this period.

The news comes as the Scottish government introduced new laws banning pavement parking last week, with drivers risking fines of up to £100 if they flout the rules.

Autocar editor Mark Tisshaw said: “Scotland is following London’s lead by clamping down on pavement parking, which can have serious consequences for pedestrians – especially those with reduced mobility. Drivers across the country – in both rural and urban areas – need to understand the rules to avoid being fined.”