London PCN rises blocked

Chris Grayling, the Cabinet Transport Secretary, has blocked a planned increase in the Red Route Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs). Road user groups including the Freight Transport Association have welcomed the news.

The PCN increases were mooted by Transport for London in December last year. The penalties are imposed on vehicles that park on many of London’s arterial routes, and currently sit at £130. They would have been increased to £160.

According to the FTA, the increased PCNs would have caused serious problems for London’s freight operators. In its view, this would be unfairly punishing companies that move goods in and around the metropolitan area.

Natalie Chapman, head of urban policy at the FTA, said: “”FTA raised its very serious concerns about these increases from the outset. I am relieved Mr Grayling was able to see the injustice of the plans and intervene to stop them. Many freight companies are struggling in the current economic climate, and piling on yet another business cost could have been disastrous for the smooth movement of goods around the capital and may have had a serious impact on its trading future.”