Westminster Parking Charges and Fines

According to a recent survey, more showy supercars get penalised for poor parking in Westminster than anyplace else in the UK.

Inconsiderately parked Bugattis, Rolls Royces, Lamborghinis, Aston Martins, and Bentleys have made central London a hotspot for parking penalties.

Between 2016 and 2021, Westminster Council distributed approximately 1.4 million tickets. According to reports, Westminster council made £140 every minute in parking penalties last year, bringing in £74.4 million in 2019-20.

As part of a long-awaited crackdown on ‘cowboy’ private businesses, parking charges will be reduced from £100 to £50.

Traffic wardens will also be compelled to grant cars a ten-minute ‘grace time’ if they overstay their ticket, according to a Parking Code of Practice released by the government earlier this month.

More motorists will be given the benefit of the doubt in instances involving honest errors or events beyond their control thanks to the creation of a simpler and fairer independent appeals mechanism.

These will include instances when drivers type in the erroneous digit while entering their licence plate number into ticket machines, fail to show their legal ticket appropriately, or overstay due to a breakdown.

Westminster’s Parking Service is Europe’s biggest

There is growing opposition to the planned introduction of weekend and evening car par parking charges by Westminster Council. The levy, with charges from £2.20 to £4.40 per hour, is due to become operative from 9 January. It will have a serious impact on the commerce of Central London, particularly Mayfair.

Businesses who oppose the charges.

The proposed new parking charges from the Conservative-controlled Westminster Council. They will be charged to motorists until midnight on Monday through to Saturday, and from 1 pm to 6 pm on Sundays. A recent study commissioned by West Ending Campaign (comprised of West End businesses who oppose the charges). Claimed that the local economy could suffer to the tune of £800m a year with up to 5,100 jobs at risk.

Parking charges are a revenue-generating ploy.

The Council continue to deny that the proposed parking charges are a revenue-generating ploy.  Instead, the Council has maintained that the charges are part of a plan to improve the environment of the area. By maintaining streets that are clean, safe and vibrant.

The result of revenue-generating motives.

Environmental claims by the Council that the planned charges are clearly the result of revenue-generating motives. Faith groups and local businesses have consistently opposed the plan by Westminster Council to impose the parking charges. There is a new website against Westminster Council’s parking proposals now up and running.