London Congestion Charge Penalty Notices set to increase

Following the recent consultation by Transport for London (TfL), the cost of a PCN for failing to pay the Congestion Charge will rise from £130 to £160 from 2 January 2018 (or £80 if paid within 14 days).

TfL reports that the reason for the increase is that in the past five years there has been a 12 per cent increase in the number of motorists being issued with PCNs. Stating that the rise from 1.3 million in 2011/12 to 1.5 million in 2016/17 is a clear indicator to TfL that the current deterrent is no longer effective.

Last month we reported that this increase is set to cost the top 50 fleet companies an additional £1.5m per annum if paid within the 14 days reduced period. This figure is even larger for the wider BVRLA membership.

It is further proposed that there could be a rise in the cost of a PCN for contraventions of the Red Route network, subject to a separate review by the Secretary of State.

Michelle Horrobin, Product Manager for All Fleet Online, said “Due to the speed at which Fleet Fine Online fleet customers benefit from getting their fines processed, they could beat the rise by significantly reducing the chances of hitting that 23% raise on the full penalty. In addition, Fleet Fine Online provides trend analysis to fleets on reoccurring fine types so fleets are better placed to educate their drivers or put in place a process or method to overcome it; such as the Fleet Auto Pay option for the Congestion Zone”.