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BBC Panorama exposes Hammersmith and Fulham as the most ruthless enforcer of moving traffic offences in the country

At one box junction in Bagley’s Lane Fulham the council have issued around 40,000 fines in just one year.

However we have seen an adjudicator’s decision that would imply that many of the fines should not have been issued in the first place.

The programme exposed a “target-based, revenue raising culture at Hammersmith and Fulham where the emphasis is clearly on issuing as many penalty charge notices as possible. It also showed how the council is exploiting a sophisticated new camera system to fine motorists for moving traffic offences, such as stopping in a yellow box junction or making a banned turn.

The programme has obtained hundreds of emails between employees at the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham which show staff being congratulated on increasing the number of fines being handed out to motorists.

Comments in the emails include:

Another record month, guys. Well done.

Well done. Another increase…holidays, as expected, bring back the traffic

Another good month last month. That’s despite the systems problems we had. So well done to everyone.

We at say that this abuse of powers has to be stopped. Staff should be congratulated for ensuring that motorists comply with the regulations by putting up clear signage and not enforcing minor transgressions of the rules. The government has to intervene. They need to take all the fine income away from councils so the financial incentive is removed and only the incentive of smooth traffic flow remains. We have made representations to the transport select committee on this.

The Transport Select committee are looking into Local Authority Parking enforcement. We have submitted a substantial amount of evidence. On 10th June they heard evidence from a number of organisations including the AA, RAC and the National Motorists Action Group. We hope that they will eventually make some recommendations to the Government which will help change the current system where local authorities seem to be profiting from over – zealous and sometimes illegal enforcement in the name of revenue raising.