Enjoy the festive season - don't get a penalty

16 December 2008

I would urge all drivers in London over Christmas to make sure they know how and when they can park, stop and drive

A recent survey found that many London drivers are not fully aware of the restrictions of red route enforcement, particularly during the weekends and public holidays.

The red route is made up of 580km of London's busiest roads and is still heavily used on public holidays and so it is important that congestion is kept to a minimum for the benefit of all road users.

TfL aims to help drivers avoid unnecessary Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) and recently updated the information available on the TfL website with this in mind.

Unnecessary penalties

John Mason, Deputy Director of Congestion Charging and Traffic Enforcement at TfL, said: 'Our objective is to ensure drivers understand and abide by the restrictions in place and this also applies on Bank Holidays.

'We don't want motorists to get unnecessary penalties at any time, but especially not over the festive season, and so would like to remind all motorists that many parking and traffic controls on the red route apply as normal on public holidays.

'I would urge all drivers in London over Christmas to make sure they know how and when they can park, stop and drive. This information is fully explained on the TfL website.' 

Notes to editors:

  • The Congestion Charge will not be enforced between 25 December and 1 January 2009
  • Research was conducted by Synovate among 1,005 Londoners, of which 473 were drivers, whose results are shown below. The research was conducted from 6-26 October inclusive. Data was weighted by age and gender to reflect the London population as a whole:
  • Drivers in London by geographical area

   Inner  Outer  Central  Inner north
   Central, inner north and inner south boroughs  Total of outer north, east, south and west boroughs  City of London, City of Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea  Camden, Hackney, Hammersmith & Fulham, Haringey, Islington, Newham, Tower Hamlets
Awareness of red routes   85  90  84  89
 Awareness of enforcement on:      
 week days  78  77  72  85
 Sunday  56  55  55  57
 Bank Holiday / public holidays  54  51  51  55

   Inner south  Outer north  Outer east  Outer south  Outer west
   Lambeth, Lewisham, Southwark, Wandsworth  Barnet, Brent,Enfield, Waltham Forest  Dagenham & Barking, Bexley, Greenwich, Havering, Redbridge  Bromley, Croydon, Kingstone-upon-Thames, Merton, Sutton  Ealing, Harrow, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Richmond-upon-Thames
 Awareness of red routes  81  91  90  92  89
 Awareness of enforcement on:          
 week days  76  77  81  76  73
 Sunday  56  53  58  54  53
 Bank Holiday/public holidays  56  51  55  44  57