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Britain’s worst PCN driving streets revealed

Browning Road in Newham, London, has been named the worst street in the city New UK fines figures released.

Experts at Confused.com said more than 67,000 PCNs were issued for driving offenses totaling more than £3 million last year.

Outside of London, Manchester’s Stockport Road was the worst street for drivers to catch, with more than 5,000 parking fines handed out in 2021.

These five streets have seen the most ticketing notices issued to motorists in the past year, according to a new report

PCN Congestion: Browning Road in Newham, London has been named the worst street in Britain due to £3.3m in fines issued to drivers in 2021, Confused.com reports

PCN Congestion: Browning Road in Newham, London has been named the worst street in Britain due to £3.3m in fines issued to drivers in 2021, Confused.com reports

Back in London, Dermody Road in Lewisham had the second highest number of PCNs in the capital last year.

More than 45,000 were handed out to motorists on this street alone, for a total of £2,956,171, according to Confused.com.

The majority of drivers issued with PCNs on Browning Road are likely to be linked to a traffic reduction program launched in 2019 to reduce the number of vehicles plying residential streets like rats escaping busy main roads.

The restricted area in the direction of the Browning Road Bridge allows only emergency vehicles, buses, cyclists, black cabs and cars owned by local residents to pass through.

Anyone caught on the street by Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras is brandished a PCN.

It’s a similar story for others on the list.

Dermody Road in Lewisham and Lansdowne Drive, Hackney are second and third respectively for most PCNs – both in a low-traffic area that prohibits the use of most vehicles.

Looking outside of London again, Copy Nook in Blackburn saw a large number of PCNs handed out last year. 1,773 PCNs were levied on motorists totaling £94,856 for the year.

These are the five streets outside London where drivers were waved the most PCNs in 2021

These are the five streets outside London where drivers were waved the most PCNs in 2021

A total of £19.5 million was collected by councils for alleged offenses committed on 103 of the most popular streets over a 12-month period.

Drivers can be issued with a PCN for a number of reasons, including driving illegally within the LTN.

How to appeal a PCN

There are a number of steps motorists can take if they are hit with a PCN on the road.

First, write to the relevant council clearly explaining why you object to the PCN. This is called informal communication. Consider whether the PCN was really unfair and whether it should be appealed.

You will have 14 days to make an informal appeal from the time you receive the notice, or 21 days if it was mailed to you.

In your appeal, include as much evidence as possible as to why your PCN should be revoked.

This can include things like the actual payment ticket, photos of hidden relevant signs, a letter from a witness who saw what happened, or a repair note if your car broke down at the time. Send copies of documents rather than originals if you can.

Make sure you include the date the ticket was issued, your address, the vehicle registration number and the ticket number in your appeal. If you are filing an appeal by post, always send your appeal by recorded delivery and get proof that it has arrived at the correct address.

Alternatively, you can file a formal appeal or take the case to court. But, hopefully, the issue will be resolved in advance.

Whichever approach you choose, be careful how you handle the situation if you get a PCN. If you simply refuse to pay the PCN, you can receive a demand for payment and bailiffs can be sent to collect the debt. You may have to pay 50 percent more than the original fine.

Other offenses include illegal parking, entering bus lanes or blocking a yellow junction.

More than 40 per cent of drivers think PCNs are too expensive, according to findings following Freedom of Information requests to the council.

More than a third, or 34 percent, believe fees should be reduced amid the cost-of-living crisis.

Alex Kindred, car insurance expert at Confused.com, said: “Like many of our transport bills, the cost of penalty notices puts extra pressure on drivers’ pockets.

“A third (33 per cent) of drivers think councils should spend more money on making road signs clearer so drivers don’t have to shell out unfair fines. In turn, this will make the roads safer, less confusing for drivers and help reduce the cost of driving.

“Our research found that more than half (52 per cent) of motorists who received a PCN for a parking offense appealed against it. But only a small number of drivers (6 per cent) believe their local council has an easy process for appealing against a PCN fine.

“If you have received a PCN fine, you can challenge the decision if you think it is unfair. The process may vary by local authority, so it’s important to check before doing so. If you want to challenge your fine, you must do so within 28 days.’

According to Confused.com, thirty-four percent cited parking violations as the reason for receiving a PCN, followed by driving in a bus lane (14 percent) and stopping at a junction (8 percent).

More than two in five motorists said there is not enough parking in their local town centre.

Confused.com said: “This means that two in five (41 per cent) of those who received a parking ticket received a ticket in the city centre. And almost one in three (31 per cent) drivers also said there was not enough parking on their local high street.’

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Britain’s worst PCN driving streets revealed

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