Foreign-registered vehicles

MQT on 2007-05-23
Session date: 
May 23, 2007
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


How many congestion charging and bus lane infringement Penalty Charge Notices relate to foreign-registered vehicles each year in London? What percentage of the debts owed by these foreign-registered vehicles does TfL manage to collect? How many foreign-registered vehicles have been clamped in order to make them pay fines?


Answer for Foreign-registered vehicles

Answer for Foreign-registered vehicles

Answered By: 
The Mayor

Since April 2005 TfL has issued 14,900 Penalty Charge Notices (PCN) to foreign registered vehicles (FRVs) observed in contravention of the red route controls through the offices of an agent specialising in recovery of European debt. Reciprocal arrangements are in place with some countries for the exchange of keeper details and as a result TfL is only able to recover a limited number of PCNs. 5.85% of all PCNs issued to FRVs have been paid and closed.Owing to the diverse nature of European judiciary systems and the lack of suitable international agreements and arrangements, it is not possible to recover penalty charges incurred by FRV's as effectively and in the same way as can be done in England and Wales. On 1 January 2005, Congestion Charging appointed European Parking Collections (EPC) to collect outstanding debts from foreign-registered vehicles. Since that date, a total of 156,802 cases of foreign-registered vehicles incurring Congestion Charging Penalty Charge Notices have been referred to EPC (up to 30 April 2007). The yearly Congestion Charging figures are:2005 - 63,978 cases referred2006 - 59,020 cases referred2007 - 33,804 cases referred (until end of April)The increase in the first quarter of 2007 is primarily as a result of the implementation of the western extension to the congestion charging zone. Of these 156,802 cases, EPC were able to obtain registered keeper details and send Penalty Charge Notices for 47,121 cases (30%). Of the Penalty Charge Notices subsequently issued 17,868 (38%) have been collected to date. In addition, Congestion Charging's On-Street Enforcement Service Provider, National Car Parks, has clamped or removed 138 vehicles in order to recover outstanding penalty charges. Of these, 128 have paid the outstanding charges, nine have been disposed of, and one remains in the pound awaiting collection.