London traffic wardens receive bonuses for hitting illegal targets

Traffic wardens in at least nine London boroughs are working under contracts which appear to show they receive incentives to issue motorists with more tickets, it has been claimed.

The contracts, obtained by the parking campaign group No To Mob show that several councils are offering bonuses for tickets issued after a baseline target is reached. However, councils and companies are banned from either setting targets, or incentivising penalising motorists.

Campaigners are accusing Hackney, Bromley and Lambeth councils of doing just that, and have raised concerns over contracts held by Barnet, the City of London, Lewisham, Westminster, Camden and Ealing, according to the Standard.

Local government minister Brandon Lewis has promised to examine the contracts and stop them if they are in breach of the rules.

After being shown the documents by the BBC’s Inside Out London programme, Lewis said: “These look entirely the wrong kind of contracts to me, motivating and encouraging staff to go out and penalise people”.

Bromley council made £5.7m last year through parking contracts, and has a contract with parking firm Vici which offers a bonus of £20 for every ticket issued after the baseline figure of 72,000 is reached. Hackney council, which made £4.9m last year, has contracts with parking firm APCOA in which wardens are graded according to their rate of fines issued per hour. And Lambeth council, which made an astonishing £12m through parking last year, required contractor NSL to issue 205,000 penalty charge notices a year.

All three councils deny using ticket targets to raise revenue.  

A Westminster City Council spokesman said: “Our CEOs (civil enforcement officers) have absolutely no targets, incentives or guidance as to the number of PCNs they issue.”

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  • they would say that, would n't they? It's the same with speed cameras that authorities like to call safety cameras. Most of them are carefully placed to extract maximum moola from inattentive motorists.

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