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Ken’s toll is top fines nightmare

THE London congestion charge is confirmed as a fleet manager’s worst nightmare in terms of the type of fines incurred by company motorists, new research shows.

Non-payment of the charge is identified as the most common offence committed in a new study based on analysis of GE Commercial Finance, Fleet Services’ 54,000-vehicle fleet. It reveals the worst areas in the country for company car driver fines, based on the issuing authority.

Transport for London was in second place to the London Congestion Charge, mainly for illegal use of bus lanes, and in third place was South Wales Police, with 501 offences, 476 of which were for speeding.

The study found that other areas where high levels of speeding fines were issued included Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Greater Manchester.

In other areas, illegal parking made up the bulk of fines. In Camden, 229 out of 414 recorded offences were for illegal parking, as were 192 out of 208 in the City of Westminster.

Rich Green, managing director of the leasing and fleet management company, said: ‘While these figures are drawn entirely from our fleet of 54,000 vehicles and therefore not entirely representative of what is happening on our roads, we believe that the sample size is big enough to provide a good general picture of the fines being paid by company car drivers and their employers.

‘What they show, we believe, is that too many drivers are paying fines that could easily be avoided, with congestion charging in London being the best example by far.’

Green added that the company’s findings show a great difference across the country in the types of traffic offences being pursued and the efforts that are put into meeting them.

He added: ‘Some sparsely populated areas of the country are seeing high levels of traffic fines being made, while some major cities record surprisingly few.’

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