Welcome to Reading Borough Council’s Parking Services Annual Report.
The report summarises the parking and traffic enforcement responsibilities exercised by the Council in 2021/2022.
Parking is an essential local service, and our Parking Services Team has continued to run a smooth and effective service. The Council is still experiencing some effects of the COVID pandemic, but these are not as widespread as they were in the previous years.
A well-managed parking service is crucial to supporting healthy local neighbourhoods and our town centre for residents, motorists, businesses, and visitors. This is now even more critical as we look to encourage people to return to these areas and support the local economy.
The Council continues to deal with challenges that have not gone away including congestion, climate change, air quality issues and an increasing population, both in and around Reading as new housing developments come forward. Parking management is an important transport planning tool, enabling us to influence how people may choose to travel, with the aim of encouraging them to use more sustainable forms of transport. If left unmanaged, parking would soon become disruptive to the transport networks and services, as people would park for convenience, rather than considering other people’s needs.
Parking management covers time restrictions, parking charges, controlled parking zones, residents parking permits and blue badges. Parking charges provide us with the opportunity to set appropriate parking tariffs that allow us to fund transport related projects. We will manage the parking provision across the Borough, in public car parks, on- street parking and across new developments, to influence sustainable travel choices, encourage sustainable patterns for travel and provide for those who are less mobile.
The Council’s Parking Services team is responsible for ensuring that drivers comply with parking regulations in Reading and for day-to-day management of the Council’s off-street car parks. This requires a wide range of responsibilities including maintaining partnerships for the provision of Park & Ride, maintenance of the car parks and payment machines, issuing parking permits to residents and workers, and compliance management. In instances where vehicles are parked in contravention of regulations, the Council has legal obligations to take appropriate action which inevitably leads to the issuing of penalties and the management of collection and appeals. We will continue to enforce traffic and parking restrictions in Reading, whilst following national regulations and procedures, so as to improve the effectiveness of our infrastructure and prioritise sustainable modes.
The Council is committed to being transparent about our Parking Services and enforcement activity and this report provides an extensive record of activities during the 2021/2022 financial year. We also explain how the service is managed with an aim to develop an understanding and acceptance of why enforcement activity takes place and is so important to Reading.
Cllr Tony Page
Deputy Leader, RBC and Lead Councillor for Climate Strategy and Transport
The Secretary of State’s ‘Statutory Guidance to Local Authorities on the Civil Enforcement of Parking Contraventions’ states that local authorities should produce annual reports about their enforcement activities. It is considered good
practice to publish a report which provides the public with information about the way enforcement is undertaken and provides reassurance that enforcement is being undertaken properly. The view of the Secretary of State is that transparency about the civil enforcement of parking regulations enables the public to understand and accept the enforcement of parking contraventions.
This Annual Report provides a record of activities during the 2021/2022 financial year and explains how the service is managed and aims to develop an understanding and acceptance of such enforcement activity.
The Annual Report for 2021/2022 is structured as follows:
Reading Borough Council introduced Parking Enforcement in 2000, when responsibility for enforcement of parking contraventions passed from Thames Valley Police to the Local Authority. The current legislation that allows for Reading to enforce parking and waiting restrictions is under The Traffic Management Act 2004. This also permitted local authorities to enforce restrictions by other methods which are now known as ‘Civil Parking Enforcement.’ Parking offences are classified as civil offences rather than criminal offences under Civil Parking Enforcement.
Reading Borough Council has an integrated Parking Service, which manages both on-street and off-street activities. The Council introduced Civil Parking Enforcement under Part 6 of the Traffic Management Act 2004 from 31st March 2008.
The current guiding transport policy document is its Local Transport Plan (LTP) 2011- 2026. The Local Transport Plan includes a 15-year strategy document and a rolling 3-year implementation programme. The LTP programme is reviewed annually to ensure the aims and objectives are being delivered. The statement below summarises the vision for transport in Reading:
“Transport in Reading will better connect people to the places that they want to go: easily, swiftly, safely, sustainably and in comfort. We will meet the challenges of a dynamic, low-carbon future to promote prosperity for Reading.
Whichever way you choose to travel, by foot or bicycle, motorcycle, bus, rail, car or boat whether to work or education, to leisure or the services you need, our
transport system will help you get there”.
The Council is currently preparing a new LTP to set the strategy for 2023-40, statutory public consultation was undertaken during summer 2020, however due to changing travel behaviours as a result of the Covid pandemic further monitoring is being undertaken before the strategy is finalised and a further consultation will be undertaken.
Although it is not possible to specifically measure the contribution of Civil Parking Enforcement on all the objectives, as there are a wide range of other factors that influence them, it is clear that well considered and implemented enforcement will support this vision.
Enforcement is conducted both on- and off-street by Reading Borough Council Parking Services through Civil Enforcement Officers employed through a contractor. Each officer receives specific training resulting in qualification which is:
Civil Enforcement Officers are salaried and are not part of any incentive scheme. Their only enforcement requirement is to ensure that any Penalty Charge Notice is issued correctly and that all the supporting evidence (including photographs) is gathered and recorded.
The Traffic Management Act introduced regulations that allow for enforcement through an approved camera device in areas that are difficult or sensitive. In the autumn of 2012, the Council introduced an enforcement vehicle; it is used to enforce contraventions of waiting restrictions such as school zigzag markings, bus stop clearways and red routes. Enforcement with an approved device is not used where permits or exemptions (such as resident’s permits or Blue Badges) may be in use. The primary objective of the camera enforcement system is to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the road network by deterring motorists from breaking road traffic restrictions and detecting those that do.
The Parking Services team at Reading Borough Council have completed/working towards their WAMITAB Level 3 Award in Notice Processing (QCF) (Ofqual qualification number: 601/1941/X). This qualification recognises the importance of back-office staff, having the required skills, knowledge and detail when dealing with challenges, representation, and appeals.
The Reading Borough Council Parking Services team have a duty to consider all aspects of a case. The Secretary of States guidance states that even when a clear contravention has occurred, the Council has discretionary power to cancel a Penalty Charge Notice, and this duty is adhered too – “under general principles of public law, authorities have a duty to act fairly and proportionately and are encouraged to exercise discretion sensibly and reasonably and with due regard to the public interest.” This exercise of discretion is approached objectively and without regard to any financial interest (in the penalty or decisions) that may have been taken at an earlier stage. However, discretion can be used to cancel or enforce a Penalty Charge Notice and some motorists who challenge their Penalty Charge Notice may not always receive the decision that they were looking for.
Penalty Charge Notices are issued when people contravene the parking code. Penalty Charge Notice tickets can be categorised as higher or lower depending on the seriousness of the contravention. Higher level tickets for more serious breaches are £70 (e.g., parking on yellow
lines) and lower-level tickets for less serious breaches are £50 (e.g., parking with an expired permit or pay & display ticket).
Road markings (such as yellow lines, loading bays, bus stops and residents zones) indicate that some sort of restriction applies, and signs nearby will always explain the parking restrictions. If these restrictions are breached, a contravention has occurred, and a Penalty Charge Notice will be issued.
In the Council’s public car parks Penalty Charge Notices may be issued if you fail to pay the correct amount at a pay and display ticket machine or for parking in a space for longer than you are permitted to. Also, if your car is reported to be causing a safety hazard, a source of congestion or an obstruction the Police may remove it. Drivers are responsible for making sure that their vehicles are parked correctly and not causing any obstructions. If vehicles are parked correctly, they should not be issued with a Penalty Charge Notice.
The following process applies where the Civil Enforcement Officer has directly issued the Penalty Charge Notice to the vehicle or handed it to the driver. Please see section below for information about the process involved when the Penalty Charge Notice is sent by post.
Please refer to Chapter 5 for information about challenges, representations and appeals.
The following process applies where the Penalty Charge Notice has been issued by post. This occurs in circumstances where the Civil Enforcement Officer was prevented from issuing the Penalty Charge Notice at the time, or the vehicle drove away before affixing it to the vehicle/handing it to the driver. A Penalty Charge Notice may also be issued by post from an approved device i.e. a camera recording.
Please refer to Chapter 5 for information about challenges, representations and appeals.
Penalty Charge Notices can be paid either online, by post or by phone. Once payment has been made, the driver/owner/hirer has accepted liability for the penalty charge and can no longer make a challenge/representation against the Penalty Charge Notice. Reading Borough Council’s interpretation of the relevant legislation (which is supported by the House of Commons Transport Committee) is that the recipient of a Penalty Charge Notice can pay the penalty or challenge the Penalty Charge Notice – it is not possible to do both.
The graph below shows the percentage of the different methods of payment used.
The table below shows the number of Penalty Charge Notices issued for 2021/2022. A copy of Penalty Charge Notices issued by ward, street and contravention code is provided in Appendix A.
|Penalty Charge Notice Issued||2021 / 2022||Percentage||2020 / 2021||Percentage|
|Total Penalty Charge Notices Issued||53,550||34,541|
|Number of higher-level Penalty Charge Notices issued||39,076||73%||22,443||65%|
|Number of lower-level Penalty Charge Notices||14,426||27%||10,962||32%|
|Number of Penalty Charge Notices with no charge level e.g. warning notice||48||0.1%||1,037||3%|
|Number of Penalty Charge Notices paid||39,241||73%||23,454||68%|
|Number of Penalty Charge Notices paid at discount||32,754||61%||19,356||56%|
|Number of Applications registered at TEC||6,779||13%||5,642||16%|
|Number of Penalty Charge Notices against which a formal or informal representation was made||8,734||16%||5,918||17%|
|Number of Penalty Charge Notices cancelled as a result of a formal or informal representation||2,470||5%||1,679||5%|
|Number of Penalty Charge Notices written off for other reasons||2,725||5%||1,745||5%|
The Council introduced an approved device (enforcement vehicle) for parking contraventions in 2012. From the 6th April 2015 a change in legislation has limited the use that Council may use approved devices for parking enforcement. The enforcement vehicle can only be used to enforce the following contraventions: school keep clear markings, bus stops/stands, red routes, and bus lanes.
The total Parking PCNs issued from the approved device was 12,083. Please see Chapter 4 for Bus Lane Enforcement.
Approved Device PCNs
|School Keep Clear markings||255|
The table below shows the streets with highest number of approved device PCNs issued:
|Location||Total Approved Device PCNs Issued|
From the 7th March 2018 the Council introduced its first red route in Reading, along the ‘Purple 17’ bus route. It was introduced first along the East of Borough starting on the Kings Road, at its junction with the IDR, following the A329 corridor east, through Cemetery Junction and along the Wokingham Road. It ends near to the Three Tuns crossroads, on the borough boundary.
The second part of the red route was introduced on the West of the Borough starting on the Oxford Road, at its junction with Alfred Street heading along all the Oxford Road, onto Norcot Road, School Road and ending at Park Lane (at the junction with Mayfair). The final part was implemented in the Town Centre and joins the East and West red routes.
A Red route is a ‘no stopping’ restriction which has been successfully used on major bus routes in London for many years. It helps keep key public transport moving, minimises delays for bus passengers and improves safety for pedestrians and cyclists by preventing dangerous or illegal parking.
The new Red Route restriction means where double red lines are marked, vehicles cannot stop at any time – Monday to Sunday – including for short periods of loading or unloading. Only disabled blue badge holders, Hackney Carriages (black cabs) and private hire vehicles licensed by Reading Borough Council are permitted to stop to allow for boarding and alighting. Emergency service vehicles will, of course, be permitted to stop on the Red Route
Enforcement is carried out by the Civil Enforcement Officers (direct issue) and the Council’s enforcement (approved device) vehicle.
|Contravention||Approved Device PCNs||Direct Issue PCNs||Total|
The Council introduced an online facility for members of the public to report illegally parked vehicles and the number of requests received is shown below:
|Period||Enforcement Requests Received||PCNs Issued|
The Council is unable to issue any Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) to vehicles that may be obstructing the highway e.g. blocking a driveway. This can be reported to the Police on the non-emergency number 101.
The table below shows the streets with highest number of PCNs issued:
|LOCATION||TOTAL PCN ISSUED|
The table below shows the car parks with the number of PCNs issued:
|CAR PARK||Total PCNs Issued|
|CIVIC ‘B’ CAR PARK||356|
|KINGS MEADOW CAR PARK||318|
|CHESTER STREET CAR PARK (CAV)||288|
|CATTLE MARKET CAR PARK||217|
|HILLS MEADOW CAR PARK||201|
|THAMES SIDE PROMENADE CAR PARK||131|
|BATTLE STREET CAR PARK||87|
|KENSINGTON ROAD CAR PARK||41|
|RECREATION ROAD CAR PARK||24|
|MALL CAR PARK||21|
|QUEENS ROAD CAR PARK||5|
|DUNSTALL CLOSE CAR PARK||2|
The table below shows the PCNs issued by month, compared with the last year (note this excludes warning notices).
Please note that we stopped enforcement for 6 weeks as per government guidance because of Covid-19 pandemic. This is shown in April and May 2020-2021 figures.
A full breakdown of the notices issued by ward, street and contravention code is provided in Appendix A.
The form to report illegally parked vehicles can be found on the Council’s website: https://www.reading.gov.uk/transport/parking/.
Reading Borough Council has more bus lanes per mile of road than anywhere else in the UK and a greater proportion of people travel by bus than in most other cities and towns in the UK. Reading Borough Council and its partners want to make public transport reliable and punctual. Bus lanes, when operating properly, help improve journey times, punctuality and reliability which may help make public transport a more attractive option and in turn relieve congestion.
When bus lanes are misused, they are less effective, hence the need for effective enforcement. When people ignore bus lanes, they can cause delays to public transport and increase the risk of accidents as other road users are unlikely to be aware of their presence.
In October 2005, powers were introduced under the Transport Act 2000 that made it possible for Reading Borough Council to enforce the regulations governing the use of bus lanes in the Borough. The Police may still take action against persons driving in bus lanes or ignoring road signs, however, Reading Borough Council’s enforcement by approved device cameras has substantially increased the likelihood of those abusing bus lanes being caught out.
The penalty for being caught in a bus lane is a £60 Penalty Charge Notice. Cameras record vehicles using bus lanes and penalties are issued based on this information. Enforcement officers check the recordings to determine whether a contravention of the rules has taken place or if there may be other circumstances e.g., to avoid an accident. It is possible to make a representation against the Penalty Charge Notice within 28 days of it being issued.
Appendix B provides a breakdown of information per bus lane.
Please refer to Chapter 5 for information about challenges, representations and appeals.
Penalty Charge Notices can be paid either online, by post or by phone. The graph below shows the percentage of the different methods of payment used for Penalty Charge Notices relating to bus lanes.
The table below shows the number of Penalty Charge Notices issued for entering bus lanes in 2021/2022. A copy of Penalty Charge Notices issued by street for entering bus lanes is provided in Appendix B.
|Penalty Charge Notice Issued||2021 /2022||Percentage of Total Issued||2020 /2021||Percentage of Total Issued|
|Total Penalty Charge Notices Issued||78,757||44,489|
|Number of Penalty Charge Notices paid||64,692||82%||35,714||80%|
|Number of Penalty Charge Notices paid at discount||57,363||73%||30,966||70%|
|Number of Penalty Charge Notices against which a formal representation was made||9,648||12%||7,403||17%|
|Number of Penalty Charge Notices cancelled as a result of a formal representation||1,496||2%||1,201||3%|
|Number of Penalty Charge Notices written off for other reasons||6,409||8%||7,021||16%|
Appendix B provides a breakdown of the PCNs issued per bus lane and a comparison with the previous year’s issue.
If a driver is issued a Parking Penalty Charge Notice, which they feel is unwarranted; they have the right to challenge the Penalty Charge Notice. This is done in 3 stages. The first stage is an informal challenge to Reading Borough Council which is followed up by the second stage which is a formal representation to the Council. If the representation to the Council is unsuccessful, the third stage is an appeal to the Traffic Penalty Tribunal. It should be noted that for Penalty Charge Notice issued by post (either parking or bus lane related) there is no informal challenge.
The Reading Borough Council Parking Services team will deal with each case on its own merits and will take into account the evidence recorded by the Civil Enforcement Officer and the information provided for a case. There are statutory time limits for dealing with representations and appeals, whereas guidance is provided for informal challenges. In all cases the Reading Borough Council Parking Services aim to deal with challenges, representation and appeals in an efficient, effective, and impartial way.
Reading Borough Council Parking Services have a legal obligation to consider all informal challenges received. If an informal challenge is made within 14 days of the Penalty Charge Notice being issued, the discount period will be put on hold until the Council can deal with the challenge. A letter from the driver explaining the reasons why they feel they have grounds for an appeal should be made as soon as possible to the address given on the Penalty Charge Notice. The letter can be submitted by writing to the Council using surface mail or making a challenge by way of a secure website. A letter will be replied to if the challenge is upheld, and the Penalty Charge Notice will be cancelled. If the challenge is not upheld, provided the challenge was made within 14 days of the Penalty Charge Notice being issued, a further 14 days to pay the Penalty Charge Notice at a discounted rate will be granted.
A representation (under the Traffic Management Act 2004) can only be made upon receipt of a Notice to Owner, in cases where the PCN has been affixed to the vehicle or handed to the driver. The Notice to Owner will be sent to the registered keeper of the vehicle 28 days after the issue of the Penalty Charge Notice. Should a Penalty Charge Notice have already been paid the case is considered closed and no representation or appeal may be made. Once a Notice to Owner has been issued, the vehicle owner has 28 days to make a representation. The Council has a legal obligation to consider all representations received and must reply within 56 days of receiving the representation, if the Council does not reply in this time period, the Penalty Charge Notice is automatically cancelled.
Should a representation be unsuccessful the owner will be liable to pay the Penalty Charge Notice at the full rate. If the Council rejects the representation, an appeal may then be made to the Traffic Penalty Tribunal. Where a Penalty Charge Notice has been issued by post the registered keeper has 28 days to make a representation to the Council. If those representations are made within the discount period, the Council will generally hold the discount and if the decision is made to reject the Penalty Charge Notice, this will be re-offered again. However, should an appeal be made to the Tribunal, the full charge would then apply, even if it is within the re-offered discount period. This process is set down by the Traffic Management Act 2004 (and accompanying regulations) for parking contraventions. The process is the same for bus lane contraventions issued under the Transport Act 2000, however, there is no informal challenge or time limit set for the Council to reply to a representation. These are the only ways to query a Penalty Charge Notice.
Complaints about the parking scheme itself should be made in writing to Reading Borough Council. General enquiries concerning parking issues may be made by telephone, however, Reading Borough Council cannot accept challenges or representations made by email or telephone.
The table below shows items of correspondence received in relation to informal challenges, parking, and bus lane representations for 2021/2022 (please note this data was recorded on 1 October 2022. The data includes PCNs that have made multiple challenges and/or representations).
|2021/2022||Informal Challenges||Incoming Parking Representations||Incoming Bus Lane Representations||Total|
The table below shows informal challenges and representations received compared to last year.
|Informal Challenges||Incoming Parking Representations||Incoming Bus Lane Representations||Total|
The table below shows the other correspondence received and answered.
Under the relevant legislation the Council is not required to answer any correspondence once the representation period has ended i.e., when the Charge Certificate has been issued.
|Post Charge Certificate||Post Order for Recovery||Post Warrant||Paid*||Other||Total|
|Bus Lane PCNs||1,238||116||74||105||837||2,370|
* The Council is issued guidance that makes it clear that a PCN is deemed ‘paid’ as soon as the payment arrives at any payment office belonging to the enforcement authority that issued the PCN. The enforcement authority should promptly close the case. Any correspondence received when a case has been paid will be responded too, but priority is always given to open cases.
The Traffic Penalty Tribunal is a body independent of the Council. Adjudicators are people with at least five years legal experience who consider the evidence for appeals against Penalty Charge Notices issued by Local Authorities. Their decision is final and binding on both parties.
Should a Representation to the Council be unsuccessful a Notice of Appeal will be sent to the registered keeper which includes details of how to appeal online. A Traffic Penalty Tribunal appeal can only be made should a representation to the Council already have been rejected. When they receive a ‘Notice of Appeal’, the Traffic Penalty Tribunal staff will make some basic checks and if everything is in order it will be registered as a formal appeal. The registered keeper will receive acknowledgement of this and a date as to when the appeal is due to be decided. The Council will also be notified that the appeal has been lodged and will be given a date for which to submit their evidence to the Adjudicator. In the case of a personal appeal being asked for, the Traffic Penalty Tribunal staff will schedule it for the next appropriate hearing at the registered keepers preferred location and give 21 days’ notice of the precise date, time, and venue.
The table below shows how many appeals were dealt with by the adjudicators (please note this data is constantly changing and the data provided is that recorded on 1 October 2022).
|2021/2022||Parking Penalty Charge Notices||Percentage of Total PCNs Issued||Percentage of Appeals Received||Bus Lane PCN||Percentage of Total PCNs Issued||Percentage of Appeals Received|
|Total PCNs Issued||53,550||78,757|
|Dismissed by Adjudicator||46||0.09%||30%||28||0.04%||26%|
|Allowed by Adjudicator||45||0.08%||29%||24||0.03%||22%|
|Awaiting decision inc. other||0||0.0%||0%||0||0%||0%|
The table below shows the number of appeals received compared to previous years:
|Parking PCN||Percentage of Total PCNs Issued||Bus Lane PCN||Percentage of Total PCNs Issued|
|Total Appeals Received 2017/2018||120||0.30%||304||0.32%|
|Total Appeals Received 2018/2019||94||0.19%||207||0.29%|
|Total Appeals Received 2019/2020||98||0.20%||183||0.26%|
|Total Appeals Received 2020/2021||49||0.14%||105||0.24%|
|Total Appeals Received 2021/2022||153||0.29%||107||0.14%|
The Council reviews all adjudicator decisions and through the feedback from them will try to ensure that unnecessary appeals are not registered. A fresh review of the case is made when an appeal is registered, regardless of the decision made at representation stage.
The annual report from the Traffic Penalty Tribunal on their service was not available at the time of this report. The Tribunal has moved their service to an online portal. This allows appellants to register, upload their evidence and track their appeal through the online service. Appellants can still choose to have their appeal decided by post, telephone or personal hearing and most choose the post or telephone option. The Council can upload their evidence, send messages to the Tribunal/Appellant which has improved the efficiency and the Adjudicators can decide on appeals quickly.
The Traffic Penalty Tribunal’s website: www.trafficpenaltytribunal.gov.uk
If a PCN remains unpaid after the Council has issued their notices (Please see Chapter 3 and 4), a Warrant may be issued to the Enforcement Agents (formerly bailiffs) to recover the debt. The regulations and fees that the Enforcement Agents work under changed in April 2014.
Parliament introduced new legislative arrangements for Enforcement Agents in April 2014, when the relevant provisions of the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 were brought into force. One of the changes that came into operation was a new, simplified, regime for fees payable to Enforcement Agents, at each stage in the recovery process, as set out in the Taking Control of Goods (Fees) Regulations 2014. Regulations 4 and 5 allow the Enforcement Agents to recover the fees from the debtor and specify each stage of the process. Schedule 1 specifies the relevant fees, which are, as follows:
|Compliance Stage||£75||Notifying the debtor in writing, on receipt of the warrant, of the liability.|
|Enforcement Stage||£235||For attending the premises, if no payment is made within 7 clear days of the compliance stage notice. The Enforcement Agents can make a number of visits but only one charge is applied.|
|Sale/Disposal Stage||£110||For preparing to remove goods, removing goods, sale of goods|
There may be additional charges if goods are removed such as storage, auction costs etc.
If there are multiple warrants issued, the compliance fee is charged per warrant, but the enforcement and sale/disposal fee is normally only added onto the first warrant. There are exceptions to this and for further information please see below.
The Council expects Enforcement Agents, acting in respect of debts it (the Council) has registered, to handle enquiries or complaints about the fees those agents have charged. The Taking Control (Fees) Regulations 2014 provides for any disputes about the fees to be settled by a Court.
The table below shows the warrants issued to the Enforcement Agents in the past 6 years for Parking PCNs (please not that this data is constantly changing and the data provided was recorded on 7 October 2022).
|PARKING||Total Warrants Issued||Successful Collection||Outstanding Warrants||Closed Warrants (unable to trace/execute)|
The table below shows the warrants issued to the Enforcement Agents in the past 6 years for Bus Lane PCNs (the data provided was recorded on 7 October 2022).
|BUS LANE||Total Warrants Issued||Successful Collection||Outstanding Warrants||Closed Warrants (unable to trace/execute)|
Further information can be found on the Civil Enforcement Association website http://www.civea.co.uk/
Permit Parking Zones came to Reading in the mid 1970’s with the intention to enable residents to park in streets that would have otherwise been occupied by shoppers or commuters parking in the town centre. As levels of car ownership and traffic patterns have developed, the zones have spread away from central Reading to other parts of the town affected by parking problems.
In 2011/2012, the parking permit service and the zoning system was updated with zones becoming larger and a better split between the number of permits being issued and the number of on-street parking spaces being made available. Changes to the permit scheme are made so it is vital people continue to check the signs and lines where they park
There are currently three main types of permits available, resident, visitor, and business, however, temporary permits and other discretionary permits are also available.
The permit must be displayed in its registered vehicle at all times when the vehicle is parked in a permit bay. The permit should be displayed on the windscreen and be readable so that the information contained on it is legible. The information on the permit will contain, the vehicles registration, the permit zone, the expiry date, and the make of the vehicle.
A new online system was introduced on the 01 November 2017, which allows residents to manage their permit applications online. The table below shows the number of permits issued.
|Permit Type||Total Issued 2021/2022||Percentage issued 2021/2022||1st Resident Permit/Free Visitor Permits||2nd Resident Permit/Charged Visitor Permits|
All other permit types are issued at the discretion of the Council. The Council must be satisfied that the same conditions apply for discretionary permits and there is no automatic right of renewal.
Resident Parking Permits are provided in controlled parking areas for residents of Reading. Following an extensive consultation, parking zones were simplified and re-organised providing a longer and more flexible parking solution. Permits will run for 12 months from the date of issue, and it is up to the user to renew a permit before it expires.
A maximum of two permits are available to be issued per household. To comply as a household the house or flat must; lie within a Permit Parking Zone, be registered for Council Tax, have appropriate planning permission, and not have a planning condition that prohibits the issue of permits. The first permit per household is £42 and the second is £157.50. It is down to the discretion of the homeowner as to what name goes on which permit. When first applying for a permit, proof of residence and proof of car ownership will be required to be sent with the application. Once a permit has been granted, it can be renewed the following year online without the need for re-applying or supplying evidence.
Business Parking Permits are available to businesses that operate within a permit parking zone. The criteria to be eligible for a Business Parking Permit are the staff and operators may not reside in the permit zone, the premises must have no associated off-street parking, and the staff for whom the permits are intended for should require regular and frequent use of their vehicles during the working day.
Businesses are eligible to apply for one permit per business with any further requests to be made as a discretionary application. When applying for a permit, the business must provide proof of address and proof of vehicle ownership.
Business permit applications must be made by post.
Both residents and businesses within permit parking areas can offer visitor permits. All households in permit’ parking zones are entitled to visitor permits. Visitor permits are scratch cards each for half days. They are issued in books of 20 permits. The first two books are free and a further five books are available at a cost of £25 per book. Proof of residence is required when applying for visitor permits. Businesses are able to purchase up to 100 visitor permits, Community Agencies are able to purchase an unlimited number of visitor permit. Like with the Residents’ visitor permits Business visitor permits are scratch cards for half a day and are also issued in books of 20 at £25 per book. Once the books have been granted, they can be renewed the following year, online without the need for re- applying or supplying evidence. Visitor Books cannot be renewed, if more than a year has passed since they were originally issued.
Temporary permits can be obtained through our online service and are issued as a “Print at Home” permit. Temporary permits are normally issued to residents who have just moved into the permit zone or have changed their vehicle. Temporary permits are issued for 8-weeks to allow time to submit full proofs. Temporary permit cover is not extended after the 8-week period as it is felt this is enough time to have obtained the full proofs required.
Reading Borough Council has recognised that there are those who, from time to time, may have business within the permit zones which, the Council may decide at its discretion as the Highway Authority to be legitimate reason to grant a permit. Other such permits that the Council issues include Medical Practitioners, Healthcare Professional, Carer, Charity, Tradesperson, Teacher, Nanny and Other Resident/Business/Visitor Discretionary.
Any new Resident Permit Parking schemes are only introduced with the support of the residents in the area. They are considered on an area basis, not street-by- street, to reduce the amount of displaced parking in nearby streets.
The Traffic Management Sub-Committee reports on requests for new Resident Permit Parking schemes. The scheme designs are built with Council Officer recommendations and public consultation feedback. The following extensions to permit zones were introduced from 2021:
Further information can be found on the Council’s website: www.reading.gov.uk
The table below shows the total permits issued by type (please note that this data was recorded on 6 December 2022).
|Permit Type||Total issued in 2021 / 2022||Percentage||Total issued in 2020 / 2021|
|Charity (free and charged)||21||0.1%||20|
|Health Care Professional||901||2.6%||385|
|Landlord – Annual||18||0.1%||19|
|Non-UK Registered Vehicle Permits||3||0.01%||1|
|Resident – First Permits||8,599||25%||8,615|
|Resident – Second Permit||2,055||6%||1,994|
|Tradesperson – Annual||139||0.4%||131|
|Tradesperson – Daily||2,840||8.3%||1,571|
|Visitor Books – Charged||2,608||7.6%||1,879|
|Visitor Books – Free||13,192||38.3%||12,073|
|Visitor Discretionary (free and charged)||528||1.5%||463|
The table below shows the permits zones and the number of permits on issue (please not that this is constantly changing and the data provided was recorded n 1 July 2022).
|Permit Zone||Approx. Spaces on street||Total Permits||Capacity|
Blue Badges provide a vital lifeline to over 2.5 million people every year allowing disabled people to access employment, shops, and other services. Blue Badge fraud is a growing issue across the country. Abuse of the scheme means that priority spaces are unable to be used by those who need them most.
It is therefore vital that Reading Borough Council put measures in place to try and reduce the number of incidences of Blue Badge fraud.
Since the 1st January 2012, the Department for Transport (DfT) has introduced a new Blue Badge Improvement Service (BBIS) scheme which is intended to tackle this problem. The scheme comprises of a central nationwide database and a new assessment process to ensure badges only go to those who need them. The scheme will be managed nationally by Northgate Public Services.
The new Blue Badges nationally use security style inks and techniques making them almost impossible to reproduce, tamper with or amend. It is now an offence for anyone who is not the actual badge holder to use the Blue Badge, or to park in an on-street Blue Badge parking bay without displaying a badge.
If you suspect someone of committing Blue Badge fraud you can report to the Corporate Investigations Team in confidence (details in further information).
The Department for Transport has issued a booklet called ‘The Blue Badge Scheme: Rights and Responsibilities in England.’ This booklet explains to the holder of a Blue badge their responsibilities, places where they can and cannot park, and further travel advice. This also includes information on how to display the badge, where parking is for free and where time limits do/do not apply.
The table below shows the Blue Badges issued in 2021/2022 and total on issue as of 31st March 2022, compared with previous year.
|Blue Badge Allocation||Issued in 2021/2022||On issue as of 31st March 2022||Issued in 2020/2021||On issue as of 31st March 2021|
|Total number of valid Blue Badges||1,920||4,677||1,676||5,538|
|Total number of Blue Badges on issue to organisations||20||48||14||38|
The purpose the National Fraud Initiative is to recover those Blue Badges which should have been returned following a death. Reading Borough Council is part of this initiative. Following the national redesign of Blue Badges, it should make it easier for Local Authorities to both cross check and identify fraudulent badges.
As of April 2022 the Corporate Investigations Team ( CIT) and NSL have been jointly undertaking regular drives across the town Centre where both services look at Blue Badge parking bays and monitor any misuse or fraud.
|Period||Number of badges checked||Number of badges referred|
|October 2017 – March 2018||113||10|
|April 2018 – March 2019||205||41|
|April 2019 – March 2020||163||52|
|April 2020 – March 2021||3||3|
|April 2021 – March 2022||76||16|
Between April 2021 and March 2022, the Corporate Investigations Team has the following updates on cases referred (data provided on 4 November 2022).
|Current Status||Number of Cases 2021-2022||Number of Cases 2020-2021|
|Closed – Cases successfully prosecuted||1||2|
|Closed – Criminal Caution Given||0||0|
|Closed – Formal Blue Badge Warning Letter Given||6||0|
|Closed – Blue Badges seized and destroyed||2||1|
|Open – Cases awaiting Criminal Charges||1||0|
|Open – Cases awaiting Magistrates hearing date||0||0|
|Open – Cases under review||3||0|
|Closed – Cases with insufficient evidence to interview or not sufficient to lay charges||3||2|
You can report suspected blue badge fraud in confidence by the following methods
Reading Borough Council’s Streetcare Services team deals with the maintenance of existing signs and lines. The Neighbourhood Officers (previously known as Highway Inspectors) carry out safety inspections and defects in lines or missing signs will be identified and any associated works ordered. The frequency of inspections varies depending on the road classification. Monthly inspections are carried out for A- class road, quarterly inspections for B- and C-class roads and unclassified roads annually.
Any other defects identified through observations or checks made by the Civil Enforcement Officers, Ward Councillors and members of the public are also actioned as appropriate.
In addition to signs and lines, the Neighbourhood Officers as part of their safety inspections will identify defects to direction signage, carriageways/footways/cycleways and gullies and order repair works, as necessary. The Officers also undertake Night Scouts monthly to identify street lighting faults and order repair works.
There is also an annual resurfacing programme usually carried out during the summer which often affects lines. These will be replaced as soon as possible after surfacing work has been completed.
Snow will cover lines particularly on local residential roads where gritting does not take place. The parking restrictions remain in operation as set out in the appropriate Traffic Regulation Order.
On the principal roads and the main bus routes gritting is undertaken in accordance with the Winter Service Plan but the channel lines where road markings are will often remain covered until a thaw takes place.
A Penalty Charge Notice will only be issued where the Civil Enforcement Officer has checked that the lines and signs are in an acceptable condition. A motorist’s attention should be drawn to the restriction when parking. The Council is unable to maintain the lines and signs in a perfect condition at all times, and it is recognised by the Traffic Penalty Tribunal that the lines and signs will over a period of time be subject to wear and tear. Regulation 18 of the Local Authorities’ Traffic Orders (Procedure) (England and Wales) Regulations 1996 states that: ‘Where an order relating to any road has been made, the order making authority shall take such steps as are necessary to secure a) … the placing on or near the road of such traffic signs in such positions as the order making authority may consider requisite for securing that adequate information as to the effect of the order is made available to persons using the road’. The Council complies with this Order and will ensure that restrictions are clearly marked for motorists.
The current parking strategy is a core element of the Local Transport Plan. The parking strategy essentially aims to encourage short stay demand for central Reading whilst limiting the amount long stay/commuter parking around the town centre. A key feature of the strategy is pricing of central Reading parking to reflect peak demand on the roads and promote sustainable alternatives such as the long stay parking provided by park and ride.
Reading Borough Council now manages their own off-street car parks (since October 2018) and is seeking to improve and enhance the customer experience. We have already introduced improved payment options, automatic number plate recognition, an additional exit lane at Queens Road multi-story and carried out a deep clean. We will continue to invest in improving the customer experience whilst offering value for money.
Reading Borough Council reviews the tariff structure on an annual basis. Season tickets are available for Broad Street Mall, Queens Road, Cattle Market, Recreation, Dunstall Close and Chester Street car parks. Season tickets are available annually, 3 monthly and 1 monthly (except Dunstall Close and Chester Street which only offers annual permits).
The table below shows the spaces available in each car park.
|Car Park||Spaces||Parent and Child||Disabled Spaces||Total Spaces|
|Broad Street Mall||694||10||16||720|
|Civic B Car Park||176||4||180|
|Chester Street, Caversham||83||3||86|
|Recreation Road, Tilehurst||82||4||86|
|Dunstall Close, Tilehurst||48||3||51|
Further information can be found on the Council’s website: www.reading.gov.uk
Reading Borough Council introduced on-street pay and display in October 2010, this offered alternative short-term parking for the Town Centre. The bays are located across the town centre and around the Hospital/University area. The bays provide more flexible parking options for visitors.
There are now over 1,000 spaces spread across Reading:
|Area||Number of spaces|
|Town Centre Area||716|
The pay and display bays accept cash and cashless parking through a mobile device payment system (via the RingGo system). Below shows the divide between different payment methods.
|Payment by mobile device||57%|
Pay and display bays are an effective parking management tool that increases the turnover in spaces around the Town Centre and other local community facilities.
In line with the Department for Transport under ‘The Blue Badge Scheme: Rights and Responsibilities in England,’ holders of the blue badges can park for free and without time limit in the pay and display bays. However, in the shared use bays it is only for free and without limit during the hours a pay and display ticket is required, outside of the hours a parking permit is required. (See Chapter 8 for further information)
The Freedom of Information Act came into effect in January 2005. This requires Reading Borough Council to provide information which is held available to the general public. The Freedom of Information Act requires that Reading Borough Council respond to requests within 20 working days. Reading Borough Council is only required to respond with information that is held – it does not require the Council to analyse the information.
The graph below shows the number of Freedom of Information requests on monthly basis received by the Reading Borough Council Parking Services team between 2020 and 2022. In 2021/2022, a total of 34 Freedom of Information requests were received by the Reading Borough Council Parking Services team.
The Reading Borough Council Parking Services team often receive the majority of Freedom of Information requests from motorists that have received a Penalty Charge Notice. Such requests are seeking to obtain information about Penalty Charge Notices issued in the same location. Whilst the team seek to respond to requests within 20 working days, there are some instances where the request has been too broad e.g., no date range, specific types of challenges, Penalty Charge Notices issued to non-Reading based motorists. Therefore, if a manual search of each Penalty Charge Notice is required, this can take between 30 seconds to 2 minutes to investigate. As Reading Borough Council hold thousands of records for the majority of requests made, it would exceed the 18-hour time limit for such a request making it exempt. The table below shows some of the most common Freedom of Information requests received.
|Freedom of Information Request||Information|
|Penalty Charge Notices issued by location||See Chapter 3 for an overview. A copy of Penalty Charge Notices issued by ward, street and contravention code is provided in Appendix A.|
|Bus lane Penalty Charge Notices issued||See Chapter 4 for an overview. A copy of Penalty Charge Notices issued by street for entering bus lanes is provided in Appendix B.|
|Penalty Charge Notices paid/cancelled||See Chapters 3 and 4.|
|Challenges Received||See Chapter 5.|
|Appeals||See Chapter 5.|
|Income/expenditure for parking and/or bus lanes and permit scheme||See Chapter 13.|
|Copy of parking Traffic Regulation Orders||Copies of the relevant parking Traffic Regulation Orders are made available by writing to Reading Borough Council Network Management or Legal Services.|
|Copy of bus lane Traffic Regulation Orders||Each of these documents are available to the public. Information on each of these is now available at https://www.reading.gov.uk/contact-us/freedom-of-information-foi/|
|Copy of Secretary of State approval for bus lane cameras||Each of these documents are available to the public. Information on each of these is now available at https://www.reading.gov.uk/contact-us/freedom-of-information-foi/|
|Copy of Department for Transport Approval for bus lane signs||Each of these documents are available to the public. Information on each of these is now available at https://www.reading.gov.uk/contact-us/freedom-of-information-foi/|
|Reading Borough Council’s policy on discretion||Reading Borough Council’s policy on the exercise of discretion is to deal with each case on its own merits.|
The Statutory Guidance states that for good governance, enforcement authorities need to forecast revenue in advance. Raising revenue should not be the objective of Civil Parking Enforcement, nor may the authority set targets for revenue, or the number of Penalty Charge Notices issued.
The purpose of penalty charges is to deter motorists from contravening parking restrictions. Payments received (whether for on street or off-street enforcement) must only be used in accordance with Section 55 (as amended) of the Road Traffic Regulation Act 1984. This Act limits the purposes to which a Local Authority may apply any surplus resulting from income derived from on-street parking spaces.
This was however, amended by the Traffic Management Act and restrictions on Councils that do not require further off-street parking were relaxed to permit any surplus to be used for general transport measures and other purposes on which the Local Authority lawfully incurs expenditure.
Reading Borough Council has seen compliance with the parking and bus lane restrictions increase over the years.
In accordance with the Data Transparency Code, it should be noted that the surplus received has been used to fund measures including concessionary bus passes on the ReadiBus service; and on other measures as defined in accordance with s55 of the Road Traffic Regulation Act as set out in the table below. In 2021/2022 this totalled £3,417M.
|Supported bus services||142,799|
|Discretionary concessionary fares||450,000|
|Adult Social Care in house transport||471,000|
|Road safety schemes & CCTV||482,716|
|Structural Maintenance (principal roads)||4,553,126|
|Structural Maintenance (Other roads)||1,064,925|
|Expenditure on Bridges||480,159|
The table below shows the financial information for Reading Borough Council for 2021/2022. A comparison can be made with last year’s financial information.
|Total Expenditure 2021/2022||Total Income 2021/2022||Net Surplus (Cost) 2021/2022||Total Expenditure 2020/2021||Total Income 2020/2021||Net Surplus (Cost) 2020/2021|
|Parking PCNs||£1,734,915||£1,675,133||(59,782)||£2,157,343||£1,056,714||(£1,100,629 )|
|Bus Lane PCNs||£1,037,398||£2,420,852||£1,383,454||£1,281,910||£1,408,765||£126,855|
|Resident Parking Permit||£177,315||£996,976||£819,661||£188,556||£844,017||£655,461|
|Pay and Display||£265,761||£2,002,772||£1,737,011||£165,006||£884,834||£719,828|
The process described in this report about challenging a PCN is set down by the Traffic Management Act 2004 or Transport Act 2000 (and accompanying regulations) and is the only way to query a Penalty Charge Notice. Complaints about the parking scheme itself should be made in writing to Reading Borough Council.
General enquiries concerning parking issues may be made by telephone, however Reading Borough Council cannot accept challenges or representations made by email or telephone.
There are specific postal addresses provided for motorists to query a Parking Penalty Charge Notice and a Bus Lane Penalty Charge Notice. These separate postal addresses ensure challenges/representations are assigned to the case file quickly and are dealt with promptly.
To Challenge a Parking Penalty Charge Notice the address is:
Reading Borough Council
PO BOX 3011
Reading RG1 9RY
To Challenge a Bus Lane Penalty Charge Notice the address is:
Reading Borough Council BL
PO BOX 3012
Reading RG1 9RZ
To view or pay your Penalty Charge Notice (both parking and bus lane): https://www.reading.gov.uk/transport/penalty-charge-notices/
There is also a separate telephone number for parking/bus lane enquiries which is 0343 357 1177, this also allows motorists to pay their Penalty Charge Notice.
Report illegally parked vehicles: https://www.reading.gov.uk/transport/parking/
Report Blue Badge Fraud:
Traffic Penalty Tribunal:
“On Street” means a ticket issued on the Public Highway
“Off Street” means a ticket issued in a Council owned Car Park
“Postal Issue – Approved Device” means a ticket issued from the enforcement vehicle, whereby the PCN is posted to the DVLA registered keeper.
|Location||Total PCN issued||Total on street||Total postal issue approved device||Total off street|
|A329 KINGS ROAD||13||0||13||0|
|ALEXANDER COURT (BAKER STREET)||0||0||0||0|
|ALL HALLOWS ROAD||8||8||0||0|
|ANGLE FIELD ROAD||0||0||0||0|
|Basingstoke ROAD (Northbound Morrisons)||1||1||0||0|
|BATTLE STREET CAR PARK||87||0||0||87|
|BELLE VUE ROAD||13||13||0||0|
|BLAGRAVE FARM LANE||0||0||0||0|
|BLENHEIM ROAD (CAVERSHAM)||2||1||1||0|
|BLENHEIM ROAD (READING)||365||365||0||0|
|BRIDGE STREET (CAVERSHAM)||0||0||0||0|
|BRIDGE STREET (READING)||28||28||0||0|
|BROOK STREET WEST||41||41||0||0|
|BURFORD COURT (CAROLINE STREET)||0||0||0||0|
|CASTLE STREET SERVICE ROAD||3||3||0||0|
|CATTLE MARKET CAR PARK||217||0||0||217|
|CAVERSHAM BRIDGE (CAVERSHAM ROAD)||0||0||0||0|
|CAVERSHAM PARK DRIVE||0||0||0||0|
|CAVERSHAM PARK ROAD||0||0||0||0|
|CEDAR WOOD CRESCENT||0||0||0||0|
|CHARLES EVANS WAY||0||0||0||0|
|CHATHAM PLACE SERVICE ROAD||26||26||0||0|
|CHESTER STREET (CAVERSHAM)||33||33||0||0|
|CHESTER STREET (READING)||158||155||3||0|
|CHESTER STREET CAR PARK (CAV)||288||0||0||288|
|CHURCH END LANE||39||0||39||0|
|CHURCH ROAD (CAVERSHAM)||32||32||0||0|
|CHURCH STREET (CAVERSHAM)||0||0||0||0|
|CHURCH STREET (READING)||9||9||0||0|
|CIRCUIT LANE (Garage Area)||0||0||0||0|
|CIVIC ‘B’ CAR PARK||356||0||0||356|
|CIVIC CENTRE SERVICE ROAD||6||6||0||0|
|CLIFTON PARK ROAD||4||4||0||0|
|COLEY PARK ROAD||10||10||0||0|
|COMBE ROAD (Garage Area)||1||1||0||0|
|DE BEAUVOIR ROAD||106||106||0||0|
|DE BOHUN ROAD||0||0||0||0|
|DE MONTFORT ROAD||35||35||0||0|
|DUNSFOLD ROAD (SPUR)||0||0||0||0|
|DUNSTALL CLOSE CAR PARK||2||0||0||2|
|EARLEY HILL ROAD||0||0||0||0|
|EDGAR MILWARD CLOSE||13||13||0||0|
|ELGAR ROAD SOUTH||16||16||0||0|
|ELM LODGE AVENUE||42||41||1||0|
|ELM PARK ROAD||284||261||23||0|
|EMMER GREEN COURT||0||0||0||0|
|FRIAR STREET (East Bound)||1||1||0||0|
|GAS WORKS ROAD||1||1||0||0|
|GEORGE STREET (CAVERSHAM)||29||29||0||0|
|GEORGE STREET (READING)||198||198||0||0|
|GREAT KNOLLYS STREET||265||265||0||0|
|GREEN ACRE MOUNT||0||0||0||0|
|GREEN PARK ROAD||0||0||0||0|
|GREEN PARK SERVICE ROAD||0||0||0||0|
|HERON ISLAND BRIDGE||0||0||0||0|
|HIGHDOWN HILL ROAD||0||0||0||0|
|HILLS MEADOW CAR PARK||201||0||0||201|
|HOME FARM CLOSE||1||1||0||0|
|HONEY END LANE||0||0||0||0|
|IAN MIKARDO WAY||0||0||0||0|
|IDR INNER RELIEF ROAD||0||0||0||0|
|KENSINGTON ROAD CAR PARK||41||0||0||41|
|KIDMORE END ROAD||7||7||0||0|
|KILN VIEW ROAD||1||1||0||0|
|KINGS MEADOW CAR PARK||318||0||0||318|
|KINGS MEADOW ROAD||24||24||0||0|
|KINGS ROAD (CAVERSHAM)||72||72||0||0|
|KINGSGATE PLACE (KINGSGATE STREET)||0||0||0||0|
|LEOPOLD ROAD (LEOPOLD WALK)||0||0||0||0|
|LITTLE JOHNS LANE||213||213||0||0|
|LONDON STREET (Southbound)||0||0||0||0|
|LONG BARN LANE||9||9||0||0|
|LOWER ARMOUR ROAD||0||0||0||0|
|LOWER BROOK STREET||2||2||0||0|
|LOWER ELMSTONE DRIVE||0||0||0||0|
|LOWER FIELD ROAD||35||35||0||0|
|LOWER HENLEY ROAD||0||0||0||0|
|LOWER MEADOW ROAD||0||0||0||0|
|MALL CAR PARK||21||0||0||21|
|MANOR FARM ROAD||2||2||0||0|
|MARSH COURT (WILTON ROAD)||0||0||0||0|
|MEADWAY THE 2-240||12||12||0||0|
|MERTON ROAD NORTH||0||0||0||0|
|MERTON ROAD SOUTH||0||0||0||0|
|MILL LANE (NORTH)||0||0||0||0|
|MILL LANE (SOUTH)||0||0||0||0|
|MONTAGUE STREET (CAVERSHAM)||18||18||0||0|
|MONTAGUE STREET (READING)||10||10||0||0|
|MOUNT PLEASANT GROVE||13||13||0||0|
|MOUNT THE (CAVERSHAM)||1||1||0||0|
|MOUNT THE (READING)||27||27||0||0|
|NEW BRIGHT STREET||0||0||0||0|
|NEW LANE HILL||0||0||0||0|
|NORCOT ROAD (East Bound)||1||0||1||0|
|NORTH STREET (CAVERSHAM)||31||31||0||0|
|NORTH STREET (READING)||4||4||0||0|
|OAK TREE COPSE||0||0||0||0|
|OAK TREE ROAD||0||0||0||0|
|OLD ELM DRIVE||0||0||0||0|
|PALMER PARK AVENUE||48||48||0||0|
|PALMER PARK CAR PARK||0||0||0||0|
|PALMER PARK ENTRANCE||0||0||0||0|
|PARK HOUSE LANE||0||0||0||0|
|PEGS GREEN CLOSE||0||0||0||0|
|PRINCE OF WALES AVENUE||87||87||0||0|
|PROSPECT STREET (CAVERSHAM)||5||5||0||0|
|PROSPECT STREET (READING)||144||144||0||0|
|QUEEN ANNES GATE||0||0||0||0|
|QUEEN VICTORIA STREET||11||11||0||0|
|QUEENS ROAD (CAVERSHAM)||103||103||0||0|
|QUEENS ROAD (READING)||56||28||28||0|
|QUEENS ROAD CAR PARK||5||0||0||5|
|QUEENS ROAD SLIP ROAD||6||6||0||0|
|RECREATION ROAD CAR PARK||24||0||0||24|
|REGIS PARK ROAD||11||11||0||0|
|RELEIF ROAD (A33)||0||0||0||0|
|RICHMOND ROAD Caversham||0||0||0||0|
|ROSE KILN LANE||0||0||0||0|
|RUFUS ISAACS ROAD||0||0||0||0|
|SHORT STREET (CAVERSHAM)||5||5||0||0|
|SOUTH OAK WAY||0||0||0||0|
|SOUTH STREET (CAVERSHAM)||26||26||0||0|
|SOUTH STREET (READING)||141||141||0||0|
|SOUTH VIEW AVENUE||14||14||0||0|
|SOUTH VIEW PARK||0||0||0||0|
|SOUTHCOTE FARM LANE||0||0||0||0|
|ST AGNES MEWS||0||0||0||0|
|ST ANDREWS ROAD||1||1||0||0|
|ST ANNES ROAD||22||22||0||0|
|ST BARNABAS ROAD||0||0||0||0|
|ST BARTHOLOMEWS ROAD||129||129||0||0|
|ST BENETS WAY||5||5||0||0|
|ST DAVIDS CLOSE||0||0||0||0|
|ST EDWARDS ROAD||177||177||0||0|
|ST ELIZABETH CLOSE||0||0||0||0|
|ST GEORGES ROAD||56||53||3||0|
|ST GEORGES TERRACE||36||36||0||0|
|ST GILES CLOSE||56||56||0||0|
|ST JOHNS HILL||40||40||0||0|
|ST JOHNS ROAD (CAVERSHAM)||36||36||0||0|
|ST JOHNS ROAD (READING)||6||6||0||0|
|ST JOHNS STREET||29||29||0||0|
|ST MARYS BUTTS||170||125||45||0|
|ST MARYS BUTTS (Vicarage Site Loading Area)||0||0||0||0|
|ST MICHAELS ROAD||2||2||0||0|
|ST PAUL COURT SERVICE ROAD||3||3||0||0|
|ST PETERS AVENUE||6||6||0||0|
|ST PETERS HILL||0||0||0||0|
|ST PETERS ROAD||118||118||0||0|
|ST RONANS ROAD||4||4||0||0|
|ST SAVIOURS ROAD||2||2||0||0|
|ST SAVIOURS TERRACE||0||0||0||0|
|ST STEPHENS CLOSE||3||3||0||0|
|THAMES SIDE PROMENADE||12||12||0||0|
|THAMES SIDE PROMENADE CAR PARK||131||0||0||131|
|THE HORSE CLOSE||0||0||0||0|
|TOKERS GREEN LANE||0||0||0||0|
|TUNS HILL COTTAGES||15||15||0||0|
|TUNS HILL COTTS||0||0||0||0|
|UPPER CROWN STREET||76||76||0||0|
|UPPER MEADOW ROAD||0||0||0||0|
|UPPER REDLANDS ROAD||36||36||0||0|
|UPPER WARREN AVENUE||0||0||0||0|
|UPPER WOODCOTE ROAD||0||0||0||0|
|VASTERN ROAD (SERVICE ROAD)||0||0||0||0|
|VICTORIA ROAD (READING)||1||1||0||0|
|VICTORIA ROAD (TILEHURST)||0||0||0||0|
|WEST GREEN COURT||0||0||0||0|
|WESTERN ELMS AVENUE||61||61||0||0|
|WHITLEY PARK LANE||46||46||0||0|
|WHITLEY WOOD LANE||3||3||0||0|
|WHITLEY WOOD ROAD||5||5||0||0|
|WOOD GREEN CLOSE||2||2||0||0|
|YIELD HALL LANE||0||0||0||0|
|YIELD HALL PLACE||0||0||0||0|
“Direct Issue – On Street” means tickets issued by a Civil Enforcement Officer direct to the vehicle whilst parked on the Public Highway.
“Postal Issue – Approved Device” means tickets issued from the enforcement vehicle, whereby the PCN is posted to the DVLA registered keeper.
“Direct Issue – Off Street” means tickets issued by a Civil Enforcement Officer direct to the vehicle whilst parked in a Council Owned car park.
|Contravention code||Contravention description |
Higher level (on street)
|Total issued||Percent||Direct issue on street||Postal issue – approved device||Direct issue – off street|
|1||Parked in a restricted street during prescribed hours||5,658||10.5%||5,658||0||0|
|2||Parked or loading/unloading in a restricted street where waiting and loading/unloading restrictions are in force||323||0.6%||323||0||0|
|12||Parked in a residents’ or shared use parking space without clearly displaying either a permit or voucher or pay and display ticket issued for that place||8,940||16.6%||8,940||0||0|
|16||Parked in a permit space without displaying a valid permit||8,756||16.2%||8,756||0||0|
|20||Parked in a loading gap marked by a yellow line||3||0.0%||3||0||0|
|21||Parked in a suspended bay/space or part of bay/space||705||1.3%||705||0||0|
|23||Parked in a parking place or area not designated for that class of vehicle||191||0.4%||191||0||0|
|25||Parked in a loading place during restricted hours without loading||314||0.6%||314||0||0|
|26||Vehicle parked more than 50 centimetres from the edge of the carriageway and not within a designated parking place||11||0.0%||11||0||0|
|27||Parked adjacent to a dropped footway||15||0.0%||15||0||0|
|40||Parked in a designated disabled person’s parking place without clearly displaying a valid disabled person’s badge||1,303||2.4%||1,303||0||0|
|42||Parked in a parking place designated for police vehicles||9||0.0%||9||0||0|
|45||Parked on a taxi rank||35||0.1%||35||0||0|
|46||Stopped where prohibited (on a red route or clearway)||12,170||22.6%||838||11,332||0|
|47||Stopped on a restricted bus stop or stand||525||1.0%||29||496||0|
|48||Stopped in a restricted area outside a school||348||0.6%||93||255||0|
|49||Parked on a cycle track||10||0.02%||10||0||0|
|62||Parked with one or more wheels on any part of an urban road other than a carriageway (footway parking)||33||0.1%||33||0||0|
|99||Stopped on a pedestrian crossing and/or crossing area marked by zigzags||33||0.1%||33||0||0|
|81||Parked in a restricted area in a car park||2||0.004%||0||0||2|
|85||Parked in a permit bay without clearly displaying a valid permit||14||0.03%||0||0||14|
|87||Parked in a disabled person’s parking place without clearly||47||0.1%||0||0||47|
|displaying a valid disabled person’s badge|
|91||Parked in a car park or area not designated for that class of vehicle||1||0.002%||0||0||1|
|5||Parked after the expiry of paid for time||1,396||2.6%||1,396||0||0|
|6||Parked without clearly displaying a valid pay & display ticket or voucher||5,740||10.6%||5,740||0||0|
|7||Parked with payment made to extend the stay beyond initial time||2||0.004%||2||0||0|
|19||Parked in a residents’ or shared use parking place or zone with an invalid virtual permit or displaying an invalid physical permit or voucher or pay & display ticket, or after the expiry of paid for time||2,749||5.1%||2,749||0||0|
|22||Re-parked in the same parking place or zone within one hour after leaving||3||0.0%||3||0||0|
|24||Not parked correctly within the markings of the bay or space||159||0.3%||159||0||0|
|30||Parked for longer than permitted||2,754||5.1%||2,754||0||0|
|82||Parked after the expiry of paid for time||290||0.5%||0||0||290|
|83||Parked in a car park without clearly displaying a valid pay & display ticket or||1,322||2.5%||0||0||1,322|
|voucher or parking clock|
|86||Not parked correctly within the markings of a bay or space||15||0.03%||0||0||15|
|Penalty Charge Notices issued by location||2021/2022||Percentage|
|A329 KINGS ROAD (EAST TO WEST)||104||0.1%|
|A329 KINGS ROAD (WEST TO EAST)||278||0.4%|
|A329 WOKINGHAM ROAD||864||1.1%|
|A33 (SOUTHBOUND) NEARSIDE LANE 2||2,518||3.2%|
|A33 (SOUTHBOUND) OFFSIDE LANE||0||0.0%|
|BASINGSTOKE ROAD (NORTHBOUND BENNET ROAD)||285||0.4%|
|BASINGSTOKE ROAD (NORTHBOUND)||381||0.5%|
|BASINGSTOKE ROAD (SOUTHBOUND BENNET ROAD)||1,489||1.9%|
|BASINGSTOKE ROAD (SOUTHBOUND)||964||1.2%|
|BERESFORD ROAD (NORHTBOUND)||3,695||4.7%|
|BERESFORD ROAD (SOUTHBOUND)||747||0.9%|
|BLAGRAVE STREET (EAST TO WEST SECTION)||4,979||6.3%|
|FRIAR STREET (EAST BOUND)||3,069||3.9%|
|FRIAR STREET (WEST BOUND)||3,805||4.8%|
|GARRARD STREET (EASTBOUND)||1,095||1.4%|
|LINDESFARNE WAY (WESTBOUND)||1,264||1.6%|
|LINDESFARNE WAY (EASTBOUND)||1,697||2.2%|
|LONDON STREET (NORTHERN SECTION)||5,113||6.5%|
|LONDON STREET (SOUTH)||461||0.6%|
|MINSTER STREET (WESTBOUND)||9,384||11.9%|
|NORCOT ROAD (EAST BOUND)||829||1.1%|
|NORCOT ROAD (WEST BOUND)||377||0.5%|
|OXFORD ROAD (EASTBOUND BEDFORD ROAD)||150||0.2%|
|SOUTHCOTE LANE (SOUTHBOUND)||1,293||1.6%|
|ST MARYS BUTTS (NORTHBOUND)||5,730||7.3%|
|THE FORBURY (EAST/WEST SECTION) (WESTBOUND)||1,892||2.4%|
|TROOPER POTTS WAY (NORTH TO SOUTH)||1,905||2.4%|
|TROOPER POTTS WAY (SOUTH TO NORTH)||1,491||1.9%|
|VASTERN ROAD (EAST SIDE SOUTHBOUND)||1,957||2.5%|
|VASTERN ROAD (NORTHSIDE 1)||50||0.1%|
|VASTERN ROAD (NORTHSIDE 2)||525||0.7%|
|VASTERN ROAD (WEST SIDE NORTHBOUND)||569||0.7%|
|Penalty Charge Notices issued by location||2020/2021||2021/2022||Change previous year|
|A329 KINGS ROAD (EAST TO WEST)||228||104||-54%|
|A329 KINGS ROAD (WEST TO EAST)||316||278||-12%|
|A329 WOKINGHAM ROAD||518||864||67%|
|A33 (SOUTHBOUND) NEARSIDE LANE 2||1,488||2,518||69%|
|A33 (SOUTHBOUND) OFFSIDE LANE||20||0||-100%|
|BASINGSTOKE ROAD (NORTHBOUND BENNET ROAD)||287||285||-1%|
|BASINGSTOKE ROAD (NORTHBOUND)||276||381||38%|
|BASINGSTOKE ROAD (SOUTHBOUND BENNET ROAD)||1,401||1,489||6%|
|BASINGSTOKE ROAD (SOUTHBOUND)||606||964||59%|
|BERESFORD ROAD (NORHTBOUND)||3,214||3,695||15%|
|BERESFORD ROAD (SOUTHBOUND)||639||747||17%|
|BLAGRAVE STREET (EAST TO WEST SECTION)||819||4,979||508%|
|FRIAR STREET (EAST BOUND)||1,887||3,069||63%|
|FRIAR STREET (WEST BOUND)||1,663||3,805||129%|
|GARRARD STREET (EASTBOUND)||246||1,095||345%|
|LINDESFARNE WAY (WESTBOUND)||1,275||1,264||-1%|
|LINDESFARNE WAY (EASTBOUND)||1,150||1,697||48%|
|LONDON STREET (NORTHERN SECTION)||1,045||5,113||389%|
|LONDON STREET (SOUTH)||295||461||56%|
|MINSTER STREET (WESTBOUND)||7,582||9,384||24%|
|NORCOT ROAD (EAST BOUND)||959||829||-14%|
|NORCOT ROAD (WEST BOUND)||363||377||4%|
|OXFORD ROAD (EASTBOUND BEDFORD ROAD)||166||150||-10%|
|SOUTHCOTE LANE (SOUTHBOUND)||948||1,293||36%|
|ST MARYS BUTTS (NORTHBOUND)||2,722||5,730||111%|
|THE FORBURY (EAST/WEST SECTION) (WESTBOUND)||1,795||1,892||5%|
|TROOPER POTTS WAY (NORTH TO SOUTH)||619||1,905||208%|
|TROOPER POTTS WAY (SOUTH TO NORTH)||632||1,491||136%|
|VASTERN ROAD (EAST SIDE SOUTHBOUND)||512||1,957||282%|
|VASTERN ROAD (NORTHSIDE 1)||37||50||35%|
|VASTERN ROAD (NORTHSIDE 2)||286||525||84%|
|VASTERN ROAD (WEST SIDE NORTHBOUND)||311||569||93%|