Dec 20 2013

Harrow’s PCN Income – 2009 to 2012 Analysed

harrow_council_logoHarrow Council has provided detail of income from PCNs over the three years 2009/10, 2010/11 and 2011/12, following a request under the Freedom of Information Act. The results, as always, make interesting reading.

What jumps out is that the Council makes around £5.5m per year in PCNs, split over 44 different contraventions. That’s £23 of income for each Harrow resident.

Looking at the numbers, there’s been a definite shift over those three years: in 2009/10 and 2010/11, most of the income (£2m and £1.8m respectively) was for vehicles making banned RIGHT turns – that figure plummeted in 2011/12 to under £1000 pounds, so going from around 36% of the council’s PCN-related income to virtually dropping off the radar.

However, in 2011/12, this switched to an income of £1.3m for vehicles making banned LEFT turns, something which had attracted under £2000 for each of the previous two years, yet in 2011/12, this income hit £1.3m.

Moving on to 2011/12, we would have imagined that most income would have been from PCNs resulting in not displaying a valid ticket – however, that crime only accounts for 3% of the total income, totalling £155,000, or overstaying a parking ticket (codes 5 and 82), which combined gave only 2% of income.

pcn_top_tenYou can download a PDF of the data here, which colours the percentages in red for the highest income, and green for the lowest (or, more accurately, shows you where the council has been concentrating their efforts!)

We’ve asked Harrow Council to clarify the PCN codes which are marked as N/A – Googling shows some results, but we think the council should take some responsibility for provides answers we residents have questions.

My thanks, as always for anything parking-related, to Mr Mustard for all his help.

Update: The Council has provided clarity on the missing codes:

  • 32 (d) Failing to drive in the direction shown by the arrow on a blue sign (proceeding in the wrong direction).
  • 32p There is no contravention suffix p supporting contravention code 32.  The only suffix codes applicable for code 32 are J, t, d and w.
  • 33b Using a route restricted to certain vehicles (buses only)
  • 50R Performing a prohibited turn (no right turn)
  • 50L Performing a prohibited turn (no left turn)
  • 50U Performing a prohibited turn (no U turn)


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  1. jp hobbs

    Hi Paul can you ask if there is a special code for stealth cameras and do you have any idea why the local press wont take this matter up Seasons greetings to all

  2. j phobbs

    WOW 5.5 million a year no wonder our roads are so immaculate just like a snooker table , our local politicians must feel so proud . Ohh sorry with the snooker tables the potholes are just at the edges in our roads they are everywhere . just like the stealth cameras .

  3. j p hobbs

    FIVE POINT FIVE MILLION £££££ A YEAR and it doesn’t seem to have surprised even one of our politicians at all , nope not even one of them have commented on this , shall we call it a slush fund ????

  4. j p hobbs

    OK now can we be told how this 5.5 million has been spent , I cant believe it has been spent on our crappy Harrow roads . I hope it meets the road traffic act rules ????

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