Parking enforcement in Oxford is woefully poor and seems impossible to improve. This creates dangers for people walking and cycling and can impede motor traffic (especially buses). Higher penalties would provide greater deterrent to the most problematic offences, without requiring additional enforcement resources.
In Oxford a Penalty Charge Notice for illegal parking is £50 or £70, the latter for more serious offenses. But in London the fines are £60 and £110.
"Higher level penalties apply to contraventions which are considered more serious, such as parking on yellow lines or where an obstruction is caused. Lower level penalties apply generally where parking is permitted but the regulations are contravened, such as overstaying on a pay and display bay."
Oxfordshire should adopt the same penalty levels as London.
Oxfordshire should also push for a national ban on pavement parking.