The PATROL (Parking and Traffic Regulations Outside London) Joint Committee comprises over 300 local authorities in England (outside London) and Wales.
PATROL has a statutory duty to make provision for the independent adjudication of parking and traffic penalties issued under the Traffic Management Act 2004. This is carried out through the Traffic Penalty Tribunal (TPT), which comprises 30 solicitors and barristers and their support staff.
PATROL also provides access to independent adjudication for other areas of motoring enforcement, such as bus-lane appeals in England issued under the Transport Act 2000 and appeals against penalties for failing to pay the road user charge at the Dartford-Thurrock River Crossing (‘Dart Charge’) and the Mersey Gateway Bridge Crossings ('Merseyflow'), and against penalty notices issued by local authorities for littering from vehicles.
In addition, PATROL undertakes initiatives to support its local authority members and raise awareness of the objectives of civil enforcement, including:
- The promotion of local parking annual reports through the Parking Annual Reports by Councils (PARC) awards scheme
- The provision of information on civil enforcement through the PATROL website
- Taking forward traffic management issues of mutual interest to local authority member authorities, while also taking into account the motorist’s perspective (as seen through appeals to the TPT).