950,000 drivers in England 'refuse' to pay £180 fine after being caught

£128 MILLION is being left outsanding in ULEZ fines, according to new data. A Freedom of Information (FOI) request to Transport for London (TfL) revealed that more than 1.3 million penalty charges (PCNs) were issued from September 2023 to April 2024.

But 70 per cent (just under 950,000 PCNs) remain unpaid. Barrie Segal, a self-professed parking fine guru who has penned multiple books on fighting fines, says he was "astonished" to learn of the number of unpaid ULEZ fines.

"It's remarkable information," the founder of websites ParkingTicketExpert.com and AppealNow.com said. "It's astonishing looking at the figures involved - it's more than I expected. What I found interesting was the amount of unpaid fines, which was astonishing.

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"I'm certainly surprised and would be interested to know how many of the PCNs have been appealed, how many have not and how many have gone to the adjudicator." He went on: "People don't want to take it on, but there are some technical issues you can fight on.

"If you fight on a technical issue, TfL sometimes make a decision to say, 'Just in case the motorist is right, we'll cancel the ticket'. If you think a fine's unfair because it wasn't clear or warning signs were insufficient, then it's worth appealing." A TfL spokesperson said: "Data shows that more than 95 per cent of vehicles seen in the ULEZ on an average day are ULEZ compliant.

"The ULEZ is not about making money. It will lead to cleaner air while generating ever smaller net revenues, as has been the case with the previous expansion to inner London where people switched to greener vehicles.

"If a customer receives a penalty charge notice (PCN) they can pay the penalty at a 50 per cent discount within 14 days, or have up to 28 days to pay the penalty in full, or challenge the PCN by making a representation. Representations can be made on one of six grounds, and TfL also considers mitigating circumstances and uses its discretion in reaching a decision, including cancelling the fine.

"Around 10 per cent of ULEZ PCNs issued after its London-wide expansion have been cancelled." Cars, vans, motorcycles, motor tricycles and mopeds up to and including 3.5 tonnes gross vehicle weight face a penalty charge of £180.