FOI request detail

PCNs issued on the A22 between Garston Lane and Riddlesdown Road

Request ID: FOI-3566-2324
Date published: 31 January 2024

You asked

Under the Freedom of Information Act I would like to know how many PCNs have been issued along the A22 between Garston Lane and Riddlesdown Road, and how much revenue has been raised along this stretch of road between 30 October 2017 and 6th January 2024. I would also like to request how many contests have been made against these PCNs and how many have been successful.

We answered

TfL Ref: FOI-3566-2324

Thank you for your request which we received on 6 January 2024, asking for information about penalty charge notices (PCNs) issued on the A22 between Garston Lane and Riddlesdown Road.

Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act and our information access policy.  I can confirm that we the information you require.

However, in accordance with the FOI Act, we are not obliged to supply information regarding the number of PCNs issued at a specific locations, as they are subject to a statutory exemption to the right of access to information under section 31 of the FOI Act, which relates to law enforcement. Specifically, we are refusing your request under section 31(1)(b), which relates to information whose disclosure would be likely to prejudice the apprehension or prosecution of offenders, and section 31(1)(g), which relates to information whose disclosure would be likely to prejudice the exercise by any public authority of its functions or any of the purpose of ascertaining whether any person has failed to comply with the law.

Disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act is considered to be a disclosure ‘to the world at large’ rather than the individual applicant. Whilst we make no suggestion that you would use the information for anything other than your own personal interest, in this instance the exemption has been applied as information regarding enforcement on the TLRN could be used by people wishing to build knowledge of TfL’s enforcement activities to avoid PCNs.   

The use of this exemption is subject to an assessment of the public interest in relation to the disclosure of the information concerned. We recognise the need for openness and transparency by public authorities, but in this instance feel that balance lies in favour of withholding the information to ensure that drivers in London use the roads in compliance with the relevant restrictions and that we are able to manage traffic on the road network. It would be strongly against the public interest to release any information that would undermine this.

If this is not the information you are looking for, or if you are unable to access it for any reason, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Please see the attached information sheet for details of your right to appeal as well as information on copyright.

Yours sincerely

Eva Hextall
FOI Case Management Team
General Counsel
Transport for London

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