London motorists have been fined £100m in just three years for driving in dead-end areas

London councils handed out 1.1 million fines, worth £100 million, over three years to drivers in least-crowded neighbourhoods (LTNs) that have come under much criticism.

The multi-million pound schemes put in place by the government to encourage a long-term shift to more cycling and walking have been designated as “cash cows” for the local government.

Over 300 have been installed or in the pipeline across the UK in the last two years These include pop-up bike lanes, wider sidewalks, and road closures to cars.

The new rules will be enforced with warning signs, large wooden docks and surveillance cameras.

Traffic restrictions have been imposed across London to encourage more cycling and walking, but finance councils have been fined.

Traffic restrictions have been imposed across London to encourage more cycling and walking, but finance councils have been fined.

Former Transportation Secretary Grant Shapps announced the program in 2019, planning 200 LTNs across the country.

The scheme earned hundreds of millions of pounds as part of the government’s so-called “green transport revolution”, which hoped to reduce car use by encouraging walking and cycling.

The top five councils that imposed the most fines by value are Lambeth, Ealing, Lewisham, Southwark and Hounslow.

South London’s Lambeth Borough issued 147,612 fines totaling £19,189,560, while Ealing issued 121,835 fines totaling £15,838,550.

Five London boroughs - Lambeth, Ealing, Lewisham, Southwark and Hounslow - have issued the most fines in the UK, according to the TaxPayers Alliance.

Five London boroughs – Lambeth, Ealing, Lewisham, Southwark and Hounslow – have issued the most fines in the UK, according to the TaxPayers Alliance.

“Taxpayers will be concerned that LTNs are just another cash cow to sustain communities,” said Elliot Keck, investigative campaign leader at TaxPayers’ Alliance.

“Residents are already being cornered by some of these schemes, which appear to be aimed more at punishing drivers than limiting traffic.

“Municipalities have to put the brakes on LTNs and make sure they work for residents and road users.”

Between 2019 and 2023, only fifteen councils collected £95m in fines found by the taxpayers’ coalition.

In the three years since 2019, the number and size of fines has increased 97-fold, according to RFI data.

In 2019/20 there were 13,048 fines with a possible value of £701,675.

In 2020/2021, 372,257 fines with a potential value of £25,786,367 were issued to motorists, while in 2021/22 the number of fines rose to 752,988 with a potential value of £68,147,135.

London councils issued 1.1 million £100 million fines in three years to motorists who drive via LTNs

London councils issued 1.1 million £100 million fines in three years to motorists who drive via LTNs

Since its launch in 2019, LTNs have sparked outrage among Londoners.

In 2021, after protests from local residents, Ealing Council canceled seven LTNs after finding they were increasing local congestion and causing “no significant change in air quality”.

In May this year, exclusive figures from MailOnline showed drivers were fined more than 750,000 – or 80 hours – after being caught by cameras, resulting in £33m flowing into council pockets.

The number and amount of fines issued by London councils using LTNs
Advice Number of violations 19/20 Number of violations 20/21 Number of violations 21/22 Total fines Fines amount 19/20 Amount of fines 20/21 Amount of fines 21/22 Total fines
Islington Unavailable 48773 126293 175,066 Unavailable 2,419,628.53 6,449,783.51 8.869.412.04
Camden Unavailable 876 18,544 19.420 Unavailable 54.155.21 1,075,175.40 1,129,330.61
healing Unavailable 30,059 91776 121.835 Unavailable 3,907,670 11,930,880 15,838,550
Hounslow Unavailable 16,613 81,613 98226 Unavailable 1,543,661 7,671,143 9,214,804
Lambeth Unavailable 42263 105349 147612 Unavailable 5,494,190 13695370 19.189.560
I don’t stop Unavailable 5,090 29337 34427 Unavailable 661700 3,813,810 4,475,510
Waltham Forest 13029 23264 47.208 83501 700372.78 1,030,272.71 1,844,473.51 3575119
harrow 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Enfield 0 44343 37921 82264 Unavailable 2,479,068 2,048,343 4,527,411
Hamlet’s Tower Unavailable 682 16,234 16916 Unavailable 87,963.20 2,111,116.80 2,199,080
Wandsworth Unavailable Unavailable 1,332 1,332 Unavailable 0 89,995 89,995
Merton Unavailable 1.209 10,306 11.515 Unavailable 84.193.05 579451.59 663,644.64
Southwark Unavailable 69.563 123,085 192,648 Unavailable 3,511,548 7,851,289.86 11362.837.86
hack me No answer No answer No answer No answer No answer No answer No answer No answer
Lewisham Unavailable 84,097 47.544 131,641 Unavailable 3,878,276.94 7,563,750.05 11,442,026.99
Kingston 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Greenwich Unavailable Unavailable 10406 10406 0 0 1,352,780 1,352,780.00
Sutton Unavailable 5,396 5995 11391 0 631992 66583.66 698,575.66
the total 13029 372228 752943 1138200 700372.78 25784318.64 68143945.38 94628636.8
Source: Taxpayers Alliance

Some motorists get entangled multiple times while driving on roads they have been free to use for years.

Last year Islington Council came under fire after it installed a motorist detection device on LTN roads, and was awarded a £900,000 fine worth £130 over 18 months.

Rakhia Ismail, chair of the Islington Conservative Party, said at the time: “Making so much money from just one camera is really shameful, especially in the midst of a livelihood crisis.

They are plundering the pockets of vulnerable populations who are already struggling.

“They are only interested in money, not how it affects the local population.”

Elliot Keck, responsible for exposing wasteful public spending, said:

Elliot Keck, responsible for exposing wasteful public spending, said “punishing” LTNs is a problem for taxpayers.

Kingston Council and three councils outside London – Salford, Leeds and Nottingham – have taken the decision to impose LTNs without imposing fines, suggesting that councils can achieve traffic-limiting targets without injuring drivers.

Meanwhile, the chief of ambulance said earlier that LTN’s 999 responses have been delayed because paramedics are not aware of the changes on the road.

Garrett Emerson, who resigned as chief executive of the London Ambulance Service in 2021, said some paramedics had been caught changing roads “very quickly” during the lockdown.

The exact amount that boards received in fines for LTN violations is unknown to the TaxPayers Alliance investigation, with most boards only reporting the potential value of the fines if paid in full — not at the discounted rate.

A spokesperson for the Mayor of London said: “Any financial districts that are legally receiving PCN fines should be reinvested in improving transport in the town.

“Low-traffic neighborhoods are city programs and help combat air quality pollution in our city, support the massive increase in cycling and walking since the pandemic, and make streets safer.

New rules introduced in 2019 enforce order with warning signs, large wooden basins and surveillance cameras

New rules introduced in 2019 enforce order with warning signs, large wooden basins and surveillance cameras

“LTNs reduce road hazards and clean London’s air to make communities safer and greener. Counties continue to work closely with residents, emergency services and local retailers to make improvements when needed.

“It is important that we do not replace one health crisis with one caused by air pollution. Bold decisions must be taken to save the lives of Londoners and ensure a better, safer and greener city is created for all Londoners.

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