Operators need to mug up on parking rules

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The Freight Transport Association is urging commercial vehicle operators to improve their understanding of how parking restrictions work, after it was revealed that drivers are now paying £30 million a month in parking fines.

A survey by the association last year highlighted a 50 per cent rise in the number of PCNs being issued in London.

And now a Freedom of Information request has revealed that motorists are paying more than £30 million a month in parking fines, which the FTA says comes as no surprise.

The results also showed that 890,000 parking tickets are being issued by councils throughout the UK every month, with London borough coming top in the list.

They revealed that parking wardens in the City of Westminster hand out and average of 1,269 parking fines a day.

“FTA is working with its members to help them better manage their PCNs through identifying hotspots and improving driver training,” said FTA’s head of policy for London, Natalie Chapman.

“A well-targeted and intelligent approach to appealing against unfair PCNs could save some companies hundreds of thousands of pounds a year. However, in some locations there is simply nowhere for drivers to stop to make deliveries, therefore commercial vehicle operators have grown smarter when dealing with the problems of making deliveries in the unfriendly roadside environment of central London.

“The findings of the FTA survey suggest that there is a need for them to improve their understanding of how certain parking restrictions apply.”

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