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Olympic Route Network PCN respite

  • 16 March 2012
  • By Chris Druce

Hauliers delivering into London during the Olympic and Paralympic Games will not face increased parking fines on the exisiting network, after London’s mayor vetoed a hike in Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs).

Operators had faced a £200 fine if they parked on the Olympic Route Network (ORN) during this summer’s Games.

This would have been an increase on the existing £130 fine in place across the capital’s Red Route network, which much of the ORN will cover.

London Councils, the association for London Boroughs, had also planned to extend the £200 parking fine beyond the ORN to put off spectators travelling by car.

Boris Johnson has however now ruled the existing £130 PCNs will be sufficient on the ORN, with no extension beyond the ORN required either.

A spokeswoman for the mayor says that with recent increases in parking fines in the capital he had decided “enough was enough”.

Natalie Chapman head of policy for London at the Freight Transport Association welcomed the decision, which the association had written to the mayor to oppose.

“London is going to be an extremely difficult environment to work in during the Games with the added complication of the Olympic restrictions,” says Chapman.

“Increased PCN fines would have put at risk [the ability for operators to make] deliveries into London during the Games. Anything that reduces this risk is good.”

A spokesman for London Councils confirmed the increase and extension of fines had been blocked by the mayor but declined to comment further.

Games Lane fine proposals still live

Confusingly, the Secretary of State for Transport Justine Greening is currently considering a proposal for a £200 fine for parking in Games Lanes located on the ORN. This new fine, if approved, will cover any temporary road restrictions (such as the Games Lanes and suspended parking bays) that will need to be put in place specifically for the Games with permission from parliament. This will also cover moving contraventions such as restricted turns introduced during the competition period. A decision on this is expected within a month.

CM publisher Road Transport Media is holding a crucial Summer Freight Planning Conference at Wembley Stadium next week (22 March). Places for this must attend one-day event that will offer practical advice on delivering during the Games are filling up fast, so book now.

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