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The full list of the new 24/7 London bus lanes

Drivers who don't follow the rules face fines of up to £130

ByRyan Smith
12:42, 4 SEP 2020



You'll notice a big change on certain London bus routes in the next few weeks

Transport for London is to trial extended bus lane hours on some of London’s busiest roads.

The 24/7 trial will begin to be rolled out from Sunday, September 13, and TfL said it will help ‘guard against a damaging car-led recovery, that would pose risks to safety, the environment and public health’.

Drivers who park or travel in the bus lanes could be hit with a Penalty Charge Notice of up to £130 and the trial will last up to 18 months.

A TfL spokesperson said the bus lanes are on the ‘Red Routes comprising more than 80km of road’.

They added: “General traffic will be restricted from using the bus lane during the off-peak hours, with car parking suspended on some routes. Blue Badge parking facilities will be retained in the trial. Clear signage will indicate which roads are affected and when they are expected to change.”

Claire Mann, Director of Bus Operations at TfL, said it is part of a bid to help London recover sustainably.

She said: “This pandemic has brought unprecedented changes to the way we all live, work and travel, and the trial of 24 hour bus lanes is an important way that we have adapted the transport network to respond to the pandemic and help London to recover in a sustainable way.

“As the trial gets underway later this month, we look forward to engaging with groups, organisations and individuals to gather their feedback.

“Along with robust data collected throughout the trial, this will help shape our future plans and ensure that any permanent changes we make to bus lanes are beneficial to the majority of people.”

Affected roads by borough:

Bromley:
Bromley Common

Camden:
Camden High Street

Camden Road

Camden Street

Farringdon Road

Finchley Road

Gray’s Inn Road

City of London
Bishopsgate

Croydon
London Road

Stafford Road

Streatham High Road

Enfield
Bowes Road (North Circular Road)

Great Cambridge Road

North Circular Road

Greenwich
Academy Road

Eltham Road

Well Hall Road

Hackney
City Road

Clapton Common

Kingsland High Street

Kingsland Road

Lower Clapton Road

Old Street

Rectory Road

Seven Sisters Road

Stamford Hill

Stoke Newington High Street

Stoke Newington Road

Upper Clapton Road

Haringey
Archway Road

Great Cambridge Road

High Road

Seven Sisters Road

Hounslow
Harlington Road West

Islington
Camden Road

City Road

Holloway Road

Isledon Road

Parkhurst Road

Seven Sisters Road

Tollington Road

Upper Street

White Lion Street

Kensington and Chelsea
Brompton Road

Lambeth
Albert Embankment

Brixton Hill

Brixton Road

Camberwell New Road

Clapham High Street

Clapham Road

Kennington Oval

Kennington Park Road

Kennington Road

Lambeth Palace Road

South Lambeth Road

Streatham High Road

Streatham Hill

Tooting Bec Gardens

Lewisham
Amersham Road

Bromley Road

Eltham Road

Lee High Road

Lewisham Way

London Road

New Cross Road

Parkfield Road

Queen’s Road

Stanstead Road

Waldram Park Road

Merton
London Road

Morden Road

St Helier Avenue

Southwark
Borough High Street

Camberwell Church Street

Camberwell New Road

Denmark Hill

Elephant and Castle

London Road

Lordship Lane

Newington Butts

Old Kent Road

Peckham High Street

Queen’s Road

St. George’s Road

Tooley Street

Tower Bridge Road

Sutton
St. Helier Avenue

Tower Hamlets
Burdett Road

Commercial Road

East India Dock Road

Mile End Road

Whitechapel Road

Wandsworth
Balham High Road

Balham Hill

Battersea Bridge Road

Battersea Park Road

Battersea Rise

East Hill

Huguenot Place

Nine Elms Lane

Roehampton Lane

Tooting Bec Road

Tooting High Street

Upper Richmond Road

Wandsworth High Street

York Road

Westminster
Edgware Road

Finchley Road

Knightsbridge

Millbank

Park Lane

Vauxhall Bridge Road

https://www.mylondon.news/news/zone-1-news/full-list-new-247-london-18878858
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General No To Mob Discussion / Re: TFL KERRRRRCHING!!!!
« Last post by The Bald Eagle on 08 September, 2020, 12:10:21 AM »
One way or another, authorities have to find ways to fill the hole left in their budgets because drivers have simply not been driving as much during the pandemic.

Less driving = fewer tickets + less paid for parking = less revenue.

A simple equation that has quite simply screwed every authority that has come to rely on - AND MORE PARTICULARLY, BUDGET FOR - revenue from motorists so as to bolster their ever dwindling central government handouts.

It's such a pity that their greed will see the most vulnerable in our society suffer most when the next budget round will undoubtedly see authorities slashing funds originally designated to help those who need it most, in order to fill the holes left in their budgets.

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General No To Mob Discussion / TFL KERRRRRCHING!!!!
« Last post by 2b1ask1 on 07 September, 2020, 11:16:20 AM »
From 13 September, bus lanes on Red Routes will start to operate 24 hours, seven days a week. Some parking bays will also be suspended to keep bus lanes clear.

If you drive your vehicle in a bus lane that has been converted to 24 hours, you could face a £130 fine. There are some exclusions so please remember to check the bus lane signs on your route.

This is to support a sustainable recovery from the pandemic by helping to:

Make the roads safer for cyclists by providing more space away from the general traffic
Keep the bus lanes clear so bus journey times are more reliable and consistent throughout the day, making it easier for bus passengers to follow the Government's advice to travel outside peak times where possible
Enable bus passengers to plan their journey more accurately
Blue Badge parking facilities and existing access for motorcyclists, licensed London taxis and cyclists will continue.

These changes are being introduced as part of a trial that will last up to 18 months. Your feedback will be an important part of our evaluation. Visit our website for information on how you'll be able to share your experiences throughout the trial.

Find out more and check which roads will be affected.

Yours sincerely,

Claire Mann
Director of Bus Operations


Altogether now: Its ALL about the money!!!
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“Our cameras are now picking up 98% of registrations, meaning there is a minimal window for error.


Imagine if police told you their speed cameras were correct 98% of the time but 2 out of 100 motorists would be wrongly accused of speeding and therefore forced to prove their innocence.

"It is better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer." William Blackstone - c1760
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General No To Mob Discussion / Re: Proof that ANPR cameras in car parks don't work
« Last post by Web Admin on 09 August, 2020, 08:23:39 AM »
#173

Man fined after hospital ANPR cameras didn't recognise his car

There are fewer incidents being reported at the hospital following the installation of ANPR earlier in the year

ByLaura HartleySenior Reporter
15:13, 13 SEP 2019




A pensioner received a £100 fine after he says ANPR cameras at University Hospital Coventry didn't recognise his car's number plate.

John Green, 89, is a disabled badge holder, and has been using the hospital car park on a regular basis.

However, the former Magistrate recently experienced a problem when his number plate wasn't recognised.

John said he went to the hospital mid-August to take his wife for a scan, however when he went to type his registration into the pay machine, his car wasn't recognised.

The hospital has said that following the initial problems when the ANPR system was installed, the cameras have now improved and pick up 98 per cent of registration numbers.

A spokesman invited John to contact the hospital to discuss the fine.

'Upset and angry'

John said: "I'm really quite angry about this, as we are unfortunately regulars at the hospital.

"It happened on August 14 when we went in for an MRI scan at 7.45am and came out a couple of minutes after 9am.

"I put my registration plate in and it said it doesn't recognise it, so I put it in again, and I was beginning to think I was doing it wrong.

"It was then I went in to security and explained what happened and the man did come out with me and put it in for me. But he said the same.

"We had not long bought the car so I did check if the plate for right and it was. I tried at least five times.

"The man from security said, you go and I will deal with this.

"However I then got a fine for £100. I wrote a letter to them as instructed to appeal and explain, and all I had was an extension to pay the fine.

"When I received it, I was upset, and angry. I'm a retired magistrate, why would I riddle with the system."

What UHCW said in response

A spokesman for University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust said: “We have no record of these matters being raised with us but would be more than happy to speak to and assist the gentleman in question.

“Our cameras are now picking up 98% of registrations, meaning there is a minimal window for error.

“On the rare occasions registrations are not read, due to the number plate maybe being dirty or possibly modified in some way, a number of options are available to enable visitors to pay for parking.

“Security staff have been trained to provide help and guidance to members of the public having any difficulties.

“We understand that attending hospital can be a stressful time and are continuously looking at ways to further improve the parking experience at University Hospital.”

https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/uhcw-car-park-anpr-fine-16889462

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General No To Mob Discussion / Re: Proof that ANPR cameras in car parks don't work
« Last post by Web Admin on 09 August, 2020, 08:12:26 AM »
#172

Anger as pensioner told to pay £100 parking fine despite paying right fee

By Richard Guttridge | West Bromwich | News | Published: Sep 9, 2019

A pensioner has been left furious after she was told she must pay a £100 fine for accidentally entering the wrong registration number on a parking machine.


Jo Turner was furious when her appeal was refused

Jo Turner, aged 81, was appalled when she discovered her appeal against the fine had failed, even though it was accepted she had paid the correct amount and not overstayed.

Smart Parking, which manages the machines at the Astle Retail Park in West Bromwich, said her mistake "breached the advertised terms and conditions" and that it was the "responsibility of the motorist" to ensure details were entered correctly.

The retired nurse, from West Bromwich, paid 80p to stay 20 minutes at the retail park but didn't realise she had held down one of the keys for too long and therefore typed in her registration incorrectly.

ANPR cameras confirmed she stayed for 20 minutes, complying with the rules of the car park.

That was not good enough for Smart Parking, which decided to uphold the parking charge notice, originally issued in May, meaning Mrs Turner must stump up the £100.

However the bullish pensioner, who had parked for a quick visit to the bank, has so far refused to pay up despite receiving a notice from a debt collector.

And she said: "I put my 80p in. They can put me in prison if they want.

"I think they are being unreasonable. I produced my ticket to show I put the right amount in but they said it was the driver's responsibility to put in the correct details.

"I would have done if I could see it. It was so small and I have got cataracts. It doesn't affect my driving but it does affect my reading.

"I understand the computer doing that but I expect a human being not to act like a machine."

A letter sent to Mrs Turner informing her the appeal was being refused said: "Please be advised that as detailed on the car park signage it is the responsibility of the motorist to enter the full and correct VRM (vehicle registration mark) when using the payment machine, and ensure payment has been made against the full and correct vehicle registration for the total duration the vehicle is on site."

It continued: "There are numerous signs located around the site that inform motorists of the advertised terms and conditions.

"The terms and conditions clearly state: 'Motorists must enter their full, correct vehicle registration when using the payment machine' and 'failure to comply with the terms and conditions will result in a parking charge of £100 discounted at £60 if paid within 14 days'."

Smart Parking has not responded to requests for comment.

https://www.expressandstar.com/news/local-hubs/sandwell/2019/09/06/pensioners-anger-over-unfair-parking-fine/









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Note that in a clear attempt to distance themselves from previous criticism related to the name ParkingEye Ltd they have set up a different company (CarParking Partnership Ltd) under whose name they now trade. See: https://www.carparkingpartnership.co.uk/terms-conditions/

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Three drivers hit with £100 fines despite claims they paid for parking at UHCW

The hospital is reviewing feedback and will be looking at ways to improve parking for visitors

By Bethan Shufflebotham
05:00, 16 JUL 2020



Three motorists are appealing parking fines after saying they visited University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire and paid for parking.

Each driver said they had entered their number plate registration at the machine, which failed to identify their cars.

As a result, they say they selected and paid for the amount of time they thought they had parked for- but weeks later found themselves slapped with £100 fines.

A number of drivers contacted CoventryLive after Anna Bradley had her fine overturned by ParkingEye after we reported her story.

The hospital visitors say they are still receiving fines from parking enforcement company Car Parking Partnership.

Colette ordered to pay £100 fine over 40p price difference

Colette Brown, from Coventry, rushed her partner, Dennis, to UHCW after attending a walk-in centre.

The 47-year-old waited in her car whilst Dennis attended the A&E department before being diverted to the main hospital.

But when it came to paying for parking, she says the machine was unable to tell her how long she’d parked.

She said: “At first it wouldn’t take my registration so I entered it again. A man told me it wasn’t working and that he’d selected the free 10 minutes. I wasn’t going to do that, so I clicked one hour.

“I tried to add another hour, but it wouldn’t let me, so I entered my registration again and added a second hour. I thought nothing of it until I got the letter in the post last week.”


Colette's fine from CPP for parking at UHCW

Colette sent CPP the bank statement which she says shows the parking she paid for. She paid for two hours of parking on June 17, but the latter shows she parked for two hours and 42 minutes.

She said: “I paid for two hours because I wasn’t sure how long I was there - the machine couldn’t tell me. I’m happy to pay the 40p difference between two and three hours of parking.

“I can’t afford to pay the £100 fine as I’m currently off work as I’ve been furloughed. I’m worried I will end up with two fines as I’ve got to take my partner for a check up next week.”

Visiting ill dad with family

Tim Bowers, aged 35, was visiting his dad at UHCW following two brain haemorrhages.

His father had been taken to hospital on June 29 following a suspected stroke, and is still recovering on the ward.

Tim, from Allesley, said: “A few days later we were allowed to visit dad due to him being in a private room on July 1. My wife dropped my mum off at the hospital and I joined them later that day.

“When leaving we went to pay, one machine was completely out of order, one was turned off and so we used the remaining machine in the hospital. No matter how many times we searched for the car registration, the system would not find it.

“Eventually I asked a member of staff - who also helped the elderly couple in front of us - for assistance. We weren't sure when we had arrived, as due to the stress we hadn't been paying much attention. I think the staff person clicked for two or three hours for us.”


Tim's parking fine from CPP for parking at UHCW

Tim has been visiting his dad at the hospital most days and says he had always paid for his parking.

He added: “It’s a really emotional time and the last thing you need is a threatening sounding letter saying you owe money. It doesn't appear to acknowledge that we’ve paid anything at all. We’ve used the car park three or four times since and it’s worked correctly and I’ve been able to pay.”

ParkingEye have not cancelled the fines for Colette or Tim, as their appeals are still in review. The company has asked the drivers to wait until the appeal process is complete.

A ParkingEye spokesperson said: “All motorists are able to appeal using our BPA (British Parking Association) audited appeals process to highlight any mitigating circumstances they may have. On this occasion both motorists have recently submitted an appeal which will be reviewed in the coming days."

Pregnant Stephanie's fine

Stephanie White, from Nuneaton, was heavily pregnant when she attended an appointment at UHCW on June 3.

The 32-year-old says she had a similar experience where the machine was unable to locate her vehicle registration.

She said: “ I entered my vehicle registration details at the pay station. The terminal advised me it did not recognise my vehicle details and asked me how much I would like to pay. It gave me a tariff against particular times. I estimated three hours and duly paid the displayed amount and left the hospital grounds. CPP have since advised me I was parked for 3 hours 34 minutes.”

A week later on June 11, Stephanie received the £100 fine in the post, which she attempted to appeal.


Stephanie White's parking fine from CPP at UHCW

She added: “Why am I being charged a disproportionate amount because their terminal could not recognise my correctly entered details?”

Her appeal was unsuccessful, but ParkingEye have since cancelled the fine as a ‘gesture of goodwill’ after being asked to comment by CoventryLive.

A ParkingEye spokesperson said: “Every appeal is reviewed by our dedicated appeals team and on this occasion, this has been cancelled as a gesture of goodwill. The motorist will shortly receive a letter to confirm.”

Stephanie's dad, Ian Jones, from Coventry is not impressed with the company.

The 67-year-old said: "The exact same thing happened to my son three months ago, and his appeal was upheld.

"They haven't apologised for the inconvenience caused. She's a new mum and didn't need to be stressed out in her third trimester, nor pay a £100 fine when that money could go on the baby."

The hospital says it is reviewing feedback and will be looking at ways to improve parking for visitors.

A spokesperson for University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) NHS Trust said: “We would like to thank members of the public for bringing these matters to our attention.

“In light of this feedback, we will review whether the processes and accompanying information for inputting estimated length of stay into our machines can be enhanced further.

“We understand that attending hospital can be a stressful time and are continuously looking at ways to improve the parking experience at University Hospital.”

https://www.coventrytelegraph.net/news/coventry-news/three-drivers-hit-100-fines-18595508


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UK Government Report Undermines Speed Camera Rationale

UK government investigation concludes speed cameras fail to improve safety while local officials rely on them to generate revenue.

A UK government report openly questioned whether local authorities are using speed cameras as a cash cow. Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire and Rescue Services (HMICFRS) last week released the results of a thorough investigation of the way roads were being policed in England and Wales. The goal was to identify areas where local and national strategies could be improved for the benefit of road safety. Road safety, however, is not the only motivation at work in the policing of the roads, as the number of automated tickets has grown by 41 percent in the last seven years.

"The majority of this increase is accounted for by the use of speed enforcement cameras," the report noted. "Some question the effectiveness of using such cameras and suspect that they are used as a source of revenue by police. "The reality is that use of cameras is effective in reducing serious collisions."

The report noted that despite the massive rise in speed camera tickets, there was no reduction in the number of collisions in which "speeding" was cited as a contributing factor (read more about contributory factors). Nonetheless, speeding is the sole focus of the speed camera partnerships that operate the cameras.

"In some cases, the police involvement in the use of cameras is limited to the administrative resources that support the processing of fixed penalties or the offer of speed awareness courses," the report explained.

The investigation found the speed camera partnerships were not interested in using education to deter unsafe driving.

"This apparent unwillingness to support education over enforcement had led to suspicion among officers, including some at chief officer level, that the focus of activity was intended to increase revenue for the safety partnership," the report stated. "In support of this, they gave examples of some camera sites that they believed didn't have a history of collisions or other identified vulnerabilities. Elsewhere, we were told that the reason enforcement took place at certain locations was that they were 'good hunting grounds,' rather than because they had a history of collisions."

The report even found that there was the "potential in some cases for revenue to be generated" from the speed awareness education courses that speed camera ticket recipients can take to avoid a hit to their insurance premium. The surplus revenue from the program goes back to the police. In addition, the courses are run by former police officers, particularly former chief constable Meredydd Hughes who was notorious for advocating the placement of a speed camera "every 400 yards on the motorway."

The report recommended that financial data from the speed awareness courses be published annually. The Alliance of British Drivers went a step further and called for the creation of a new agency dedicated to road safety without financial conflicts of interest.

"The fundamental problem with the current system is that no one is regulating enforcement operations; which have been subverted into a giant revenue-generating Wurlitzer for camera partnerships, awareness course providers and councils," the group explained. "What is actually needed is for speed limits to exclusively be set using the 85th percentile principle. To effect this we need the creation of an independent and objective Road Accident Investigation and Prevention body, composed exclusively of ex-marine and ex-aviation accident investigation personnel. This body would be tasked with investigating and determining the primary causes of road accidents, and how these can best be addressed to prevent and reduce their future incidence."

A copy of the report is available in an 800k PDF file at the source link below.

Source: PDF File Roads Policing: Not optional (UK Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate, 7/19/2020)

http://www.thenewspaper.com/news/69/6952.asp

http://www.thenewspaper.com/rlc/docs/2020/uk-cashcow.pdf



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Our latest twitter exchange in which Mr Parking (Manny Rasores de Toro) finally confirms what we have known all along.

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Mr P tweeted.

2:34 PM · Jul 17, 2020·Twitter for Android
Well done @boltoncouncil for reversing pre Covid-19 plans to end free weekend parking. This will help local traders and residents who will not only continue the weekend parking concession until the end of 2020, but will also benefit with 2 h free Mon - Fri
https://www.theboltonnews.co.uk/news/18587970.bolton-council-reverses-plans-end-free-parking-weekends-2021/

We replied

3:56 PM · Jul 17, 2020·Twitter Web App
Parking industry spokesman correctly identifies link between free parking and High St footfall.
@GregKnight @PeteWishart @CommonsTrans @racfoundation @AAPresident @MartinSLewis @LordLucasCD @MoJGovUK @grantshapps @DailyMirror @MailOnline @thesun @dailyexpressuk @MoneySavingExp



Replying to @NoToMob @GregKnight and 13 others

Anyone reading this, please note I am not an industry spokesman. Normally I don't believe in LA's providing free parking as it makes rotation of spaces much worse. However these are extraordinary times & if LA's can help their communities by providing free parking, I welcome it.
6:04 PM · Jul 17, 2020·Twitter for Android


Parking Cowboys commented:

Replying to
@MrParking @NoToMob and 14 others

How about ‘industry apologist’?
6:21 PM · Jul 17, 2020·Twitter for iPhone


Replying to @ParkingCowboys @NoToMob and 14 others

Don't know about that as I also criticise when I believe is right. Friends of mine call me an "All encompassing parking junkie", but I prefer just Mr. Parking
6:51 PM · Jul 17, 2020·Twitter for Android


Replying to
@MrParking @ParkingCowboys and 14 others

Mr Parking (who is apparently NOT an industry spokesman, but is currently Chair of Parking Technology at the BPA Ltd and a former BPA Ltd Director), correctly identifies link between free parking and High St footfall. Thanks for the admission Mr P.

7:39 AM · Jul 18, 2020·Twitter Web App


https://twitter.com/NoToMob/status/1284139972430364672
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