Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Traffic Chaos Costs Delivery Firms [Pounds Sterling]18m in Parking Fines; Gridlock London

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Traffic Chaos Costs Delivery Firms [Pounds Sterling]18m in Parking Fines; Gridlock London

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Byline: DAVID WILLIAMS

ROAD chaos in London is landing delivery firms with an pound sterling18million parking fines bill that is being passed on to consumers through dearer goods and services.

Fines dished out to van and truck drivers are soaring as official loading spaces are squeezed by roadworks, gridlock and lawbreaking motorists.

Overzealous parking attendants are also to blame as councils rush to generate more revenue with a deluge of tickets, according to a survey by the Freight Transport Association.

One major firm carrying out essential deliveries to London businesses has been fined pound sterling325,000 in a year. A food distribution firm is being fined a total of pound sterling97,000, while yet another company says it pays pound sterling40,000.

Large firms are frequently fined pound sterling20,000 to pound sterling25,000 a year, while hundreds of smaller firms and other essential services routinely pay pound sterling5,000 to pound sterling6,000 a year. The scale of the fines is exposed in a survey of 160 companies operating daily in London.

The FTA today called on boroughs - and the Mayor's Transport for London office, which controls Red Routes - to show more leniency and to introduce more loading bays as a matter of urgency.

The association claims most of the fines are unavoidable because of a serious shortage of bays, while those that are available are often blocked by illegally parked cars. The FTA says the growing incidence of roadworks also eats away at parking spaces, while parking wardens are refusing to allow drivers the permitted 20 minutes to load or unload.

One food delivery firm says designated bays on Red Routes are often in the wrong place for deliveries. And Recall Ltd - a storage and distribution service, which last year was fined pound sterling25,000 - blames a dire shortage of legitimate space outside customers' premises. …

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