Request ID: FOI-2948-2122 Date published: 05 May 2022
The use of older, polluting vehicles in Stoke Newington and Stamford Hill is prolific. There has been no change in vehicle type or frequency of use since the expansion of the ULEZ zone. Please provide the following information:
1) number of penalty notices brought against vehicles registered within the N16 postal District since ULEZ expansion
2) number of penalty notices raised in 1) above where the respondent has paid the penalty charge
3) number of enforcement actions brought in respect of unpaid notices raised in 1) above
4) without identifying individual vehicles, please share the top ten highest number of penalty notices brought against an individual vehicles (for example, vehicle a received 32 notices, vehicle b received 29 notices etc)
The residents of this borough had high hopes for air quality improvements once the expansion was implemented, through the removal of polluting vehicles. This has not been the case. Enforcement, sadly, appears not to occur
TfL Ref: 2948-2122
Thank you for your request received by us on 5 April 2022 and following clarification, 5 April 2022, asking for information about the Ultra Low Emissions Zone (ULEZ) scheme.
Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of the Environmental Information Regulations and our information access policy. I can confirm that we hold the information you require. You asked for:
number of penalty notices brought against vehicles registered within the N16 postal District since ULEZ expansion
The Ultra Low Emission Zone expanded from central London up to the North and South Circular Roads, on 25 October 2021.
Upon expansion, the area covered by the ULEZ became 18 times larger (380 km2 vs the 21 km2 central zone). This also means many more vehicles are driving on the roads within the zone.
Whilst the zone in its entirety is around 18 times larger and there are around ten times as many vehicles in the zone following expansion, TfL have only issued just over three times as many Penalty Charge Notices within the expanded ULEZ zone. Studies have shown that compliance rates have been over 90% in the ULEZ zone.
Following expansion of the ULEZ, warning notices were issued to non-compliant vehicles seen using the zone in the first four weeks after expansion - i.e. between 25 October and 22 November 2021.
Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) were issued for contraventions from 23 November 2021. Warning notices were issued to ensure the correct action is taken in the future and to allow for any genuine mistakes that may have occurred. PCNs are issued to the Registered Keeper of the vehicle using the information held with the DVLA at the time of the contravention.
We can advise that 3,989 PCNs were issued between 22 November 2021 and 20 April 2022 to Registered Keepers in the N16 postcode area.
number of penalty notices raised in 1) above where the respondent has paid the penalty charge
Of the 3,989 PCNs issued, 502 have been paid in full. This figure will increase over time as more PCNs are paid.
number of enforcement actions brought in respect of unpaid notices raised in 1) above
Of the 3,989 PCNs issued, none have yet been passed to an Enforcement Agent following no payment being received.
without identifying individual vehicles, please share the top ten highest number of penalty notices brought against an individual vehicles (for example, vehicle a received 32 notices, vehicle b received 29 notices etc)
Figures for the top ten unique vehicles which have received PCNs since 22 November 2021 and until 20 April 2022 are presented in the table below:
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Jasmine Howard FOI Case Officer FOI Case Management Team General Counsel Transport for London