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Lambeth is number one for bus lane fines

$25 million worth of counterfeits seized in 36 countries

INTERPOL says police, customs agents and other law enforcement agencies seized $25 million worth of counterfeit and illicit goods during raids in 36 countries between March and May. The international police organization based in France said that pharmaceuticals, including antibiotics, anti-malarial pills and pregnancy tests, were among the fake products found. Cigarettes, alcohol and smuggled fuel also were seized in the raids coordinated by Interpol and carried out in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and South America. The agency says the targets included markets, shops and border control posts. At a Niger border crossing, 29 tons in counterfeit medicine were seized from two trucks. Interpol says 645 suspects were arrested..

 

Blue badge fraudster in his £12,000 Porsche

THE driver of a £120,000 Porsche has been fined thousands of pounds for using someone else’s blue badge to park his car.

Richard Wellesley-Cole admitted five counts of fraud after displaying a blue badge when he parked illegally at two sites in Croydon. The 54-year-old was caught using a cancelled badge that belonged to another person from Croydon to park the high-priced car in Altyre Road and High Street, Purley. On another occasion he falsely claimed a blue badge belonged to when he parked his black Mercedes in Meadow Stile. Wellesley-Cole, of Foxley Lane, Purley was ordered to pay costs of £5,061, fined £1,500 for breaching a suspended sentence and told to complete 270 hours of unpaid work and obey a curfew.

 

Blue badge fraudster in his £12,000 Porsche

WATCH out for a bizarre French-language fraud when you’re parking your car in Hampstead. Police have reported a new con using parking meters in the area mount up which involves a man who asks unsuspecting passers-by, in French, if they can help him pay to park his car - either out of good will or because he will pay them back in cash. One man was approached in Hamstead High Street and said he wanted to park there. He then said he would pay the man back if I paid for his parking on my card. When the man put his card into the machine the transaction failed and would not return his card, and he was certain that the conman had been watching his pin number.

 News in brief

LAMBETH Council has dished out the MOST second-most bus lane penalty charge notices in London with a huge 44,148 - 15,000 more than second placed Kingston - according to motoring specialists Click4Reg, whose managing director Elie Fakhoury said: “The sheer amount of bus lane penalty charge notices issued in London are certainly more than anyone would expect., new analysis has revealed. A total of 28,984 were handed out in Kingston from April 2016 to March 2017, representing a 17 percent rise over the same time a year prior.

  Click4Reg analysis also found 346,860 bus lane PCNs were issued by 26 London councils over 2016-17, an eight percent increase on the previous year.

  At the other end of the scale, Wandsworth Council gave out the fewest at just – at just 61 – while Richmond Council were sixth from bottom with 4,524. In terms of year-on-year increases, Merton Council ranked first at 172 percent – from 7,919 to 21,551 – in the whole capital.

  A Kingston Council spokeswoman said: "Our bus lanes were introduced more than 15 years ago to give priority to this sustainable form of transport. However, on a daily basis, a high number of motorists either deliberately ignore the restrictions or are unaware of them, therefore it's helpful that Click4Reg is highlighting this issue.

  "The measures are put in place to reduce congestion in our town centres and improve journey times for all road users."

Nearly half of the top 10 comprises of south London councils – Lambeth, Kingston, Merton, and Bromley.

  Bus lanes enforced across London have blue signs which indicate the times in which they operate. If “unauthorised” vehicles are found to be using bus lanes within these specified hours, then they risk being slapped with a PCN. Drivers illegally using a bus lane between restricted times can be handed a PCN of either £65, if outside Greater London, or a bigger £160 in inside Greater London.

  The figures were derived by Click4Reg from London Councils' annual PCN reports for both 2015-16 and 2016-17.

Bexley, City of London, Greenwich, Kensington & Chelsea, Redbridge, Sutton, and Westminster were all omitted because none of them enforce particular bus lanes in their boroughs.

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