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Parking Offences

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many parking penalties were issued in each area where local authorities have taken over for the police responsibility for parking enforcement in the 12 months (a) prior to and (b) following the changeover. (206303)

Figures are only available on a calendar year basis and, given the comparison requested, can only be provided by police force area once responsibility for parking enforcement was taken over by all the local authorities within a given area. As a result, the following table provides information for London (Metropolitan and City of London police combined) and a further nine forces.

Total police action1 prior to changeover and total police action plus penalty charge notices issued after changeover2 in respect of offence group ‘obstruction, waiting and parking offences’ for CJS areas that fully changed over by January 2006

Police force area

Last full calendar year prior to changeover

Total police action within that year

First full calendar year after changeover

Total police action plus penalty charge notices for that year

London3

1993

41,224,338

1995

43,410,602

Bedfordshire

1998

34,792

2005

61,177

Cleveland

2002

17,254

2006

30,434

Cumbria

2000

5,978

2004

48,997

Dorset

2000

31,428

2004

79,248

Essex

2000

41,248

2006

118,634

Hertfordshire

1996

461,050

2006

95,870

Kent

1996

450,672

2002

182,589

Lancashire

2002

48,706

2005

108,771

South Yorkshire

2004

19,163

2006

82,763

Total areas

1,534,629

4,219,085

1 Total police action is the addition of written warnings, fixed penalty notices and court proceedings.

2 Generally, not all local authorities within the aforementioned areas accepted responsibility for parking enforcement at the same time.

3 Metropolitan and City of London police force areas combined.

4 Includes findings of guilt from court proceedings rather than total court proceedings.

Note:

Every effort is made to ensure that the figures presented are accurate and complete. However, it is important to note that these data have been extracted from large administrative data systems generated by police forces and local authority areas. As a consequence, care should be taken to ensure data collection processes and their inevitable limitations are taken into account when those data are used.