Red routes

Red routes Freedom of Information (FOI) requests

This page contains the most common Freedom of Information (FOI) requests from drivers challenging PCNs issued for red route contraventions.

There are a lot of websites and forums dedicated to helping drivers challenge a PCN. While these can provide assistance to drivers who are unfamiliar with the enforcement process, the advice given is often out of date or does not apply to the red route.

Some websites provide templates for drivers to make representations against a PCN, and encourage drivers to make an FOI request for "evidence" to support their representation. As a result, we receive many FOI requests from drivers who have been led to believe this will result in TfL cancelling their PCN. However, FOI requests are governed by separate legislation and are dealt with by a separate team, so making an FOI request has no bearing on decisions we make about PCNs.

Myths and complaints about red route enforcement

Camera approval certificates

Enforcement of the following types of contraventions can only be carried out using an "Approved Device" which has been fully certified by the Secretary of State for Transport.

  • Red route stopping, parking and loading contraventions enforced under the Traffic Management Act 2004
  • Bus lane contraventions enforced under the London Local Authorities Act 1996

The DfT publishes a list of certificates granted for approved devices.

VCA CCTV camera approval/authorisation

CCTV cameras and associated recording equipment used for the enforcement of red route parking and bus lane contraventions must be certified by the Secretary of State for Transport to show that the complete system is an "approved device".  The Vehicle Certification Agency (the VCA) has been appointed to do this on his or her behalf, in accordance with the Civil Enforcement of Parking Contraventions (Approved Devices)(England) Order 2007 and the Bus Lanes (Approved Devices)(England) Order 2005. The "approved device" used by TfL for this type of enforcement is the Digital Traffic Enforcement System.

This document consists of the VCA's confirmation that it has considered TfL's application for certification of the Digital Traffic Enforcement System as an "approved device", that the device meets the requirements set out in the above Orders, and that the device is therefore certified accordingly.

For accessible versions of the documents contact CCcorrespondence@tfl.gov.uk.

Camera approval certificates

PDF 123KB

The "Approved Device" in question is our Digital Traffic Enforcement System (DTES). All of our individual CCTV enforcement cameras are components of that system.

Moving traffic contraventions such as "entering and stopping in a yellow box junction" or "failing to comply with a No Entry sign" are enforced under the London Local Authorities and TfL Act 2003. Under that Act, there is no requirement for the equipment used to be approved or certified. However there is nothing in the 2003 Act which prevents us from using certified equipment to enforce moving traffic contraventions, therefore all of our CCTV enforcement cameras can be used to enforce any type of contravention.

Camera maintenance and calibration

Our CCTV enforcement camera assemblies undergo regular planned maintenance inspections every six months. The maintenance contract is managed by professionally qualified engineers at the contractor's head office and within TfL.

CCTV cameras do not need to be calibrated because the camera itself does not have a timer. The time and date displayed on the recording of a contravention is not transmitted from the CCTV camera on the street. The camera captures images which are sent back to the CCTV matrix at TfL's enforcement operations centre. As the images are processed (viewed by our camera operators), they are overlaid with the data from a Network Time Protocol (NTP) server via TfL's network switches. This gives us a time stamp in the recording which is synchronised with Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), therefore displaying the accurate time on all images.

Camera warning signs

We have a number of CCTV signs located across the red route network warning drivers that camera enforcement is in operation, but we do not currently hold a list of their locations. The purpose of this type of sign is to ensure that any organisation using CCTV complies with the Data Protection Act (DPA) 1998. There is no legal requirement within either the DPA or enforcement legislation to place camera warning signs at every location where we may issue a PCN. The current requirement is that, where these signs are used, they must be of the correct size and type prescribed by the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions (TSRGD) 2002, as amended 2011.

Signs and road markings

We are only allowed to use signs and road markings authorised by the Department for Transport (DfT).

Signs and road markings specific to the red route are authorised by the Authorisation of Traffic Signs and Road Markings for Red Route Controls on GLA Roads and GLA Side Roads.

Other signs and road markings that we use are authorised by the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions (TSRGD) 2002, as amended 2011, and can be found in the Highway Code.  

There is a lot of incorrect and out of date information on websites and forums regarding legal and technical requirements of signs and road markings, and what information you should ask for in an FOI request to "prove" that a PCN can't be enforced.

In an important decision in the Court of Appeal in 2011, the court ruled that a technical failure to comply with the TSRGD does not invalidate signage as long as signs are substantially compliant with the regulations and not misleading to motorists. Because decisions of the higher courts are binding on the independent adjudicators hearing appeals against PCNs, this has effectively prevented further successful appeals on the grounds of a technical failure to comply with the regulations where no harm can be shown.

Signs and road markings which are not specific to the red route or compliant with the TSRGD need special DfT authorisation

See the DfT authorisations issued to TfL for yellow box junctions on the red route network that deviate from TSRGD requirements.

 
Dft authorisation documents

DfT authorisations of yellow box junctions

Traffic Signs and Road Markings in the UK are regulated by the Secretary of State for Transport.  The Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions 2002 (as amended) sets out prescribed signs and markings for use on public roads.  An authority may seek special authorisation from the Department for Transport (DfT) to use non-standard forms of the signs or new sign types entirely where the regulations do not provide appropriate solutions.

The documents in this section consist of the formal authorisations issued by DfT to TfL for the placing of non-standard yellow box junction designs.  The documents consist of a legal description of the authorised road marking and how it relates to the relevant sections of the Traffic Signs Regulations and General Directions.  The documents also contain a drawing of the yellow box junction design and location to which the special authorisation applies.

For accessible version of the documents below contact CCcorrespondence@tfl.gov.uk email

Archway Road - St Johns Way

PDF 327KB

Baker Street - Marylebone Road

PDF 312KB

Balham Hill - Nightingale Lane - Clapham Common

PDF 323KB

Barclay Road - Park Lane

PDF 2.12MB

Battersea Park Road - Queenstown Road

PDF 330KB

Bridgefoot on Vauxhall Bridge

PDF 1.81MB

Brixton Road - Camberwell New Road

PDF 1.19MB

Brixton Road - Stockwell Road - Gresham Road

PDF 1.29MB

Camberwell New Road - Bolton Crescent - Foxley Road

PDF 298KB

Camden Road - Royal College Street

PDF 327KB

Catford Road - Rushey Green - Ambleside Avenue

PDF 462KB

Catford Road - Rushey Green - Northbound

PDF 473KB

Catford Road - Thomas Lane

PDF 275KB

City Road - Graham Street - Central Street

PDF 311KB

Clapham Common - South Side - Long Road - The Pavement

PDF 303KB

Commercial Road - Branch Road - Flamborough Street

PDF 311KB

Commercial Road - Butcher Row - White Horse Road

PDF 1.25MB

Cromwell Road - Earls Court Road

PDF 295KB

East Cross Route A12 Approach Road - Wick Road

PDF 328KB

East India Dock Road - Commercial Road - Burdett Road

PDF 346KB

East India Dock Road - Cotton Street

PDF 307KB

East India Dock Road - St. Leonards Road

PDF 323KB

East India Dock Road - Upper North Street - Saltwell Street

PDF 303KB

Edgware Road - Connaught Street - Upper Berkeley Street

PDF 333KB

Edgware Road - Seymour Street

PDF 315KB

Eltham Road - Sidcup Road - Kidbrooke Park Road

PDF 301KB

Farringdon Street - Charterhouse Street - Farringdon Road

PDF 308KB

Finborough Road - Old Brompton Road - Warwick Road

PDF 327KB

Finchley Road - Boundary Road

PDF 306KB

Finchley Road - Canfield Gardens - West Box

PDF 310KB

Finchley Road - Fortune Green Road - Platts Lane

PDF 332KB

Finchley Road - Heath Drive - Cannon Hill

PDF 898KB

Finchley Road - O2 Centre - Frognal Court

PDF 307KB

Great Cambridge Road - Bullsmoor Lane

PDF 323KB

Great Cambridge Road - Pasteur Gardens - Wilbury Way

PDF 310KB

Great Eastern Street - Curtain Road - Gatesborough Street

PDF 340KB

Great North Way - North Circular Road

PDF 311KB

Great Tower Street - Byward Street

PDF 1.17MB

Gunnersbury Avenue - Gunnersbury Lane - Popes Lane

PDF 1.19MB

Hedge Lane - Taplow Road - N13

PDF 1.23MB

Hither Green Lane - St Mildreds Road - Verdant Lane

PDF 1.41MB

Hogarth Roundabout - Great West Road - Dorchester Grove

PDF 315KB

Holland Park Avenue - Holland Park Roundabout

PDF 313KB

Holloway Road - Drayton Park - Palmer Place

PDF 374KB

Holloway Road - Hornsey Road - Hornsey Street

PDF 324KB

Kennington Park Road - Brixton Road

PDF 2.07MB

Kingsland High Road - Balls Pond Road

PDF 1.73MB

Kingsland High Street - Stoke Newington Road - Shacklewell Lane Crosswell

PDF 342KB

Lewisham High Street - Ladywell Road

PDF 1.35MB

Marylebone Road - Enford Street - Harewood Avenue

PDF 1.30MB

Marylebone Road - Gloucester Place

PDF 402KB

Marylebone Road - Harley Street

PDF 342KB

Marylebone Road - Marylebone High Street - Macfarren Place

PDF 326KB

Marylebone Road - Seymour Place - Lisson Grove

PDF 1.27MB

Old Marylebone Road - Edgware Road - Sussex Gardens

PDF 324KB

Park Lane - Croydon Flyover - South Box

PDF 2.11MB

Pembroke Road - Warwick Gardens - Cromwell Crescent

PDF 316KB

Purley Way - Brighton Road

PDF 3.71MB

Purley Way - Croydon Road

PDF 106KB

Purley Way - Foxley Lane - Pampisford Road

PDF 3.71MB

Seven Sisters Road - Green Lanes

PDF 323KB

Shoreditch High Street - Commercial Street - Great Eastern Street

PDF 1.20MB

Sloane Street - Knightsbridge - Brompton Road

PDF 390KB

South Lambert Road - Parry Street

PDF 333KB

Stanstead Road - Cranston Road - Brockley Rise

PDF 1.49MB

St Mildreds Road - Baring Road - Westhorne Avenue

PDF 2.65MB

Stockwell Close - Kentish Way

PDF 328KB

Stockwell Road - Stockwell Park Walk

PDF 336KB

Stoke Newington - Common Rectory Road

PDF 303KB

Streatham High Road - Mitcham Lane - Gleneldon Road - Tooting Bec Gardens

PDF 385KB

Streatham High Road - Stanthorpe Road - Gleneagle Road

PDF 353KB

Tower Bridge Approach - East Smithfield Minories - Mansell Street

PDF 1.49MB

Upper Thames Street - Arthur Street - Swan Lane

PDF 302KB

Vauxhall Bridge Road - Drummond Gate - Bessborough Gardens

PDF 310KB

Vauxhall Bridge Road - Rampayne Street

PDF 291KB

Wandsworth Road - Bridgefoot - Albert Embankment

PDF 2.14MB

West Cross Route - Holland Park Roundabout

PDF 307KB

Whitechapel Road - Vallance Road - New Road

PDF 337KB

Wyndham Road - Camberwell New Road - Lothian Road

PDF 285KB

PCNs issued and challenged

The following table lists the locations where we have received the most FOI requests about PCNs issued. The table shows a breakdown of the number of PCNs issued between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2015, the number of PCNs challenged and cancelled at those locations, and additional information that we are often asked for.

Red routes parking spaces and revenue

These factsheets include information that we are required to publish under the Local Government Transparency Code 2014.

Motorcycles in bus lanes

We ran trials in 2009 and 2010 allowing motorcycles in bus lanes. Following completion of the trials, motorcycles have been given permanent access to bus lanes on the majority of the Capital's red routes.

Benefits include shorter journey times for motorcyclists and reduced carbon dioxide emissions. The safety of motorcyclists and other vulnerable road users is unaffected.

It also helps achieve a key strand of the Mayor's transport strategy: helping to smooth traffic flow.

Read the independent report from the trial and appendix:

Listen to our radio safety advert highlighting the importance of looking out for motorcycles in bus lanes.

Evaluation criteria

Initial data for the first six months of the trial shows little variation in casualty figures or commuter habits:

Customer research report:

View the first and second phases of customer research undertaken as part of the trial:

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Red route parking spaces and revenue

These factsheets include information that we are required to publish under the Local Government Transparency Code 2014.

 
Motorcycles in bus lanes

We ran trials in 2009 and 2010 allowing motorcycles in bus lanes. Following completion of the trials, motorcycles have been given permanent access to bus lanes on the majority of the Capital's red routes.

Benefits include reduced journey times for motorcyclists and less carbon dioxide emissions. The safety of motorcyclists and other vulnerable road users is unaffected.

It also helps achieve a key strand of the Mayor's transport strategy - helping to smooth traffic flow.

Read the independent report from the trial and appendix:

 Listen to our radio safety advert highlighting the importance of looking out for motorcycles in bus lanes.

Evaluation criteria

Initial data for the first six months of the trial shows little variation in casualty figures or commuter habits:

Customer research report

View the first and second phases of customer research undertaken as part of the trial:

If you have any questions about the bus lane trial, please contact us:

Email:STEngagement@tfl.gov.uk
Post:
Surface Transport Stakeholder Engagement
Transport for London
Level 11 Palestra
197 Blackfriars Road
London SE1 8NJ

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