Ealing Council Second in London for Bus Lane Fines

Generating £1.8 million in revenue in a single year

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Ealing Council have come second in the table of London boroughs ranked by how much they are earning from bus lane penalty charge notices (PCNs).

Research by ComparetheMarket.com revealed that they issued 33,713 fines in the most recent year for which figures are available bringing in £1.82 million in revenue.

The price comparison site made Freedom on Information requests to the UK’s 50 most populated towns and cities, as well as each London borough, asking for the number of bus lane PCNs issued in the 2018/19 financial year, as well as the income generated from these.

There is no breakdown available of which sites the PCNs were issued at but, in previous years, a quarter of fines in the borough were being given out onr the short stretch of bus lane on Steyne Road next to Morrisons in Acton. Other bus lane cameras that are believed to have brought in a high number of fines include the one on Mandeville Road, Northolt.

Ealing used to top the table for bus lane fines in the capital. For instance in 2017, previous research by Confused.com ranked the borough as the most prolific finer of motorists for this kind of offence.

Only Lambeth Council issued more during the period dispatching 41,628 fines to raise £2.7 million. Coming in just behind Ealing were Kingston upon Thames (£1.65m) and Camden (£1.33m). For London, the figures relate to those bus lanes operated by the councils, rather than Transport for London.

Nationally Manchester was the local authority which raised the most money this way receiving over £8 million pounds from 388,213 PCNs.

Map showing bus lane fine hot spots in London
Map showing bus lane fine hot spots in London. Picture: Compare the Market

Other cities which saw raise huge amounts from their bus lanes include Glasgow (£2.87m), as well as some smaller towns and cities such as Coventry (£2.74m) and Reading (£2.18m).

The income generated refers to that received for PCNs issued during the 2018/19 financial year and that some PCNs may have been cancelled or written off, or may not have been paid yet.

September 1, 2020