Nearly 6,000 Fines Issued By Ealing LTN Cameras

Number plate recognition devices already bringing in significant revenue

More ANPR cameras to be installed

Ealing Council has already issued near 6,000 Penalty Charge Notices (PCN) since they started camera enforcement of Low Traffic Neighbourhood (LTN) scheme restrictions.

A Freedom of Information (FoI) request by a local resident has revealed that 5,920 PCNs have been issued since 7 December 2020 up to 11 January 2021.

If all these fines were paid at their full face value this would bring in over £750,000 in revenue although drivers will get a discount if they pay promptly and many are expected to appeal on the grounds of inadequate or misleading signage.

Some residents are accusing the council of using purportedly environmental measures as a way of boosting its income and point out that the amount of income deriving from the cameras is a disincentive to remove them even if an LTN is shown not to be achieving its stated aim.

The fine given to anyone caught by an ANPR camera is £130 or £65 if paid within 14 days. The council said earlier that the majority of contraventions to date come from vehicles registered outside the borough and that enforcement will help it collect the most accurate data on the trial schemes to help decide the future of each LTN.

The FoI request asked for the number of fines and warning notices issued by automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) cameras in LTN 30 (Loveday), LTN 35 (Mattock) and LTN 21 (West Ealing South).

Over half the 5,920 PCNs have been issued by the camera on Culmington Road (3,433) with most of the rest from the one situated at Elers Road (1,683).

In LTN 21 136 fines have been given out for passing through the Grosvenor Road/Oakland Road junction, 167 for passing through Leighton Road/Coldershaw Road and 501 for Leighton Road/Seaford Road giving a total of 804 for the scheme.

The council confirmed that they stopped issuing warning notices on 7 December and no ANPR fines have been issued in LTN 35.

Ealing Council switched these sites from physical barriers to camera enforcement after criticism of their failure initially to consult with emergency services. London Ambulance Service in particular were hampered in their operations because crews did not have the necessary keys to lower the bollards. The video below shows an ambulance getting stuck at the Coldershaw Rd/Midhurst Rd/Leighton Rd junction inside LTN21 Northfields on Sunday, 17 January due to their vehicle not being able to fit through the planters. An ANPR camera is already installed at this location.


The borough now plans to significantly expand camera enforcement across LTNs with 21 cameras to be installed to replace bollards.

Local residents are raising concerns about what they say is inadequate signage for the ANPR enforced restriction with some entry points giving little indication that the road ahead is not available to motor vehicles. It has been pointed out that the non-statutory green ‘Road Open’ signs designed to indicate that there is continued access for pedestrians and cyclists can be confusing to drivers unfamiliar with them. Also the lack of illumination of some of the signs means that they are likely to be missed at night time.

Claim made that signage is confusing drivers
Claim made that signage is confusing drivers

A spokesperson for Ealinc Council said, “Low traffic neighbourhoods (LTNs) are designed to limit heavy and non-local traffic using quieter streets as short-cuts and through-roads. So far, 99 out of every 100 penalty charge notices (PCNs) handed out as part of our enforcement of the trial schemes during December 2020, were issued to drivers who live outside of that LTN. To date, 60% of PCNs have been issued to drivers who do not live in the borough.

"Income from penalty notices is ring-fenced and used to pay for the borough road safety and traffic management measures and concessionary travel schemes."

“Following close dialogue with residents and emergency services, we replacing bollards in LTNs with ANPR camera enforcement. We want to ensure drivers are fully aware of any potential enforcement measures and avoid PCNs by following the rules of the road. Our Commonplace website has full information and detailed maps of every LTN in the borough and encourage everyone planning a drive in the borough to check them.”

Residents can visit the low traffic neighbourhoods' page of Ealing council’s website for further information on the schemes it has already implemented.

You can email feedback to, or post them to the Highways Service, Perceval House, 14-16 Uxbridge Road, W5 2HL, quoting reference ORD XXX.

An online petition against LTNs in Ealing has been signed by over 11,000 people. A counter petition in support of the new schemes has, at the time of writing, over 800 signatures.

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January 26, 2021