I was not happy to see a report in the Evening Standard yesterday saying that Ealing was the top borough for giving out tickets for straying onto a bus lane. Ealing does cover a large area so you might expect us not to be at the bottom but we don’t necessarily have to be at the top either. The ealingtoday.co.uk website picked up the story yesterday.
I have been keeping track of the parking tickets given out by the Borough. I have just had a look at June’s data, see here.
For comparison the council gave out 197,302 tickets in the 2011/12 financial year (see Annual Report here). I have multiplied the monthly totals by 12 to give the equivalent yearly rate and divided that by last yearâ€™s total number of tickets issued to give an idea of the proportion that one road feature or offence represents compared to the whole borough.
During June there were 12 road features or offences in one place that accumulated over 200 tickets in the month. Almost a quarter of all tickets issued in our borough were issued on these sites (23.7%). Interestingly all of the high volume sites are policed with CCTV (the J code indicates a ticket policed by CCTV). The top 12 were:
It really stands out that 6 out of 12 sites were bus lane enforcement (34J). For three months running the 100 odd metres outside Morrisons on Steyne Road in Acton has been the second most prolific site for tickets in the entire borough, see April and May figures. An average of 508 tickets per month over three months, or 6,100 tickets a year. The number for bus lanes tickets across the whole borough given by London Councils is 24,690. So this tiny bit of bus lane is driving one quarter of all bus lane tickets across the borough. This does look suspiciously ike the borough is raking in the income without making sufficient efforts to give people the information they need to comply.