Greenwich Council failed to begin fining drivers for illegal driving on the expected start date last month according to a Freedom of Information request.
Since powers were introduced 16 years ago, they were included in 3 out of 34 authorities in London (32 boroughs plus TfL and the City) that never introduced camera enforcement on drivers parking outside schools on Keep Clear markings, making illegal turns and parking on bus lanes. The other two were Bromley and Kensington & Chelsea.
The authority eventually decided to adopt powers, but then took further years to seek and gain approval. Then they announced a start date – which they have missed.
The council has seen a £12 million income shortfall against budget in recent years partly related to a lack of enforcement of both parking and driving violations. Income is ringfenced to transport spending by law, meaning £12 million hasn’t gone towards resurfacing roads, improved pedestrians connections and cycle lanes.
The reason for not commencing fines according to the council is due to warnings being issued for those breaking traffic rules in the prior two weeks, when they operated a grace period.
Greenwich Council have failed to capitalise upon a number of possible income streams aside during a time of cuts, including rogue landlords last week when meagre fines were issued to those cramming tenants into overcrowded family homes. To date less than 20 per cent of landlords are licensed as required three years after the measure was introduced.