TfL has confirmed plans to increase the Congestion Charge Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) from 2 January 2018, with a proposed rise for offences on TfL's road network to follow later in the year, subject to Secretary of State review. The Congestion Charge has played an important role in reducing the number of vehicles in central London, and fines for not paying this charge encourage drivers to be compliant. But in the past five years there has been a 12% increase in the number of motorists being issued with Congestion Charge PCNs. Encourage greater compliance The rise from around 1.3 million in 2011/12 to around 1.5 million in 2016/17 is a clear indicator that the effectiveness of the current PCN fine has reduced over time. The increase, from £65 to £80 or £130 to £160 for late payment, follows a public consultation that received more than 7,400 responses. It is expected to encourage greater compliance and help to improve traffic. Later this year, and subject to the required Secretary of State review, TfL is also proposing to increase PCNs for offences which take place on their road network. More than a third of all London's traffic uses TfL's road network, often referred to as red routes, and vehicles that block roads, drive in bus lanes, park incorrectly or make banned turns, not only cause inconvenience to road users, but create hazards, particularly for pedestrians and cyclists. By keeping these main routes clear, road danger, congestion, vehicle emissions and delays to bus passengers are reduced, ensuring that London remains an efficient, well-functioning global city.
Paul Cowperthwaite, TfL's General Manager for Road User Charging, said: 'We want to make London's streets safer and healthier places that are less dominated by the car. 'Although the Congestion Charge has been effective in reducing the number of cars entering central London, weve seen a 12% increase in the number of motorists being issued with PCNs in the last five years. This shows that the deterrent factor of the existing PCN has reduced over time. The new PCN level will help improve compliance and also encourage people to consider cheaper and more active alternative forms of travel.'