Patrick Troy - Articles and news items

When is a PCN not a PCN?

Issue 3 2007, Past issues  •  13 June 2007  •  Patrick Troy, Head of Traffic Enforcement, Transport for London

Currently in the UK a Penalty Charge Notice’s validity depends on who is issuing it and how it is issued, according to a recent ruling at the High Court.

If one of our camera enforcement officers observes a motorist stopping illegally on a red route, he or she will issue the PCN by post to the registered keeper of the vehicle.

However, if one of our parking attendants observes the same contravention, the motorist can escape the penalty if he or she manages to drive away from the scene before the PCN is either affixed to the car or handed to the driver.

Traffic enforcement in the digital age

Issue 4 2006, Past issues  •  6 December 2006  •  Patrick Troy, Head of Traffic Enforcement, Transport for London (TfL)

Effective traffic management and compliance with traffic and parking controls are integral to maximising the capacity of the road network – and nowhere is this more true than in London. The Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, has made ‘keeping London moving’ one of the primary objectives of his Transport Strategy. So just how can optimum traffic flow be achieved on a road transport network on which 26 million journeys are made every day?

TfL is responsible for 580km of road in the capital – the Transport for London Road Network (TLRN) or red route – and these roads carry 35% of London’s traffic. Ensuring that congestion does not clog up the whole network has required some innovative thinking and the latest developments in traffic enforcement will see the introduction of digital solutions that will provide more flexible, reliable and productive camera enforcement systems.