Diplomatic Missions/International Organisations (Unpaid Parking/Minor Traffic Violation Fines)

Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs written statement – made on 20th June 2007.

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There were 5,484 outstanding parking and other minor traffic violation fines incurred by diplomatic missions and international organisations in the United Kingdom recorded during the year 1 January 2006 to 31 December 2006. These totalled £506,475. In April this year the Foreign and Commonwealth Office wrote to all diplomatic missions and international organisations concerned giving them the opportunity either to pay their outstanding fines or appeal against them if they considered that the fines had been issued incorrectly. As a result of subsequent payments totalling £22,713 and formal appeals lodged, there remains a total of 4,859 (£448,965) unpaid fines for 2006(1). The table below details those diplomatic missions and International Organisations that have outstanding fines totalling £1,000 or more.

Unpaid Parking and Minor Traffic Violation Fines -2006 -Diplomatic Vehicles-Owing £1,000 or More
Diplomatic Mission/International Organisation No of Fines Outstanding Amount in £
Saudi Arabia 319 29,620.00
China 272 25,630.00
Sudan 244 23,550.00
Egypt 210 20,065.00
Turkey 194 18,420.00
France 186 17,910.00
Russia 167 15,650.00
Afghanistan 133 12,840.00
Guinea 117 11,280.00
Kuwait 100 9,600.00
Germany 101 9,600.00
Zambia 92 8,860.00
Hungary 91 8,650.00
Pakistan 92 8,480.00
North Korea 90 8,370.00
Brunei 85 7,500.00
Libya 79 7,440.00
Qatar 74 7,205.00
Ghana 74 7,030.00
Kazakhstan 70 6,850.00
Greece 68 6,600.00
Bangladesh 64 6,465.00
Iran 69 6,380.00
Georgia 64 5,850.00
Sierra Leone 103 5,650.00
Cyprus 61 5,650.00
Jordan 59 5,550.00
USA 60 5,210.00
Angola 61 5,150.00
Mozambique 55 4,970.00
Malaysia 50 4,920.00
Ivory Coast 52 4,720.00
Oman 51 4,650.00
Lithuania 45 4,430.00
Tunisia 46 4,340.00
Uzbekistan 44 4,150.00
Algeria 45 4,000.00
Honduras 41 3,900.00
United Arab Emirates 46 3,425.00
Senegal 33 3,200.00
Jamaica 32 3,060.00
Mongolia 30 2,950.00
Kyrgystan 28 2,780.00
Thailand 28 2,680.00
Yemen 28 2,500.00
Kenya 29 2,480.00
Poland 32 2,480.00
Italy 28 2,250.00
Romania 26 2,440.00
Iraq 25 2,400.00
Tanzania 25 2,140.00
Ukraine 22 2,000.00
Ethiopia 24 1,950.00
Belgium 20 1,950.00
Bulgaria 20 1,900.00
Nigeria 24 1,800.00
Syria 18 1,800.00
Latvia 17 1,585.00
South Africa 17 1,550.00
Mexico 13 1,405.00
Vietnam 16 1,400.00
El Salvador 14 1,380.00
Morocco 17 1,360.00
Malta 13 1,300.00
Azerbaijan 14 1,200.00
Malawi 14 1,200.00
Botswana 13 1,060.00
Swaziland 13 1,050.00
Gabon 10 1,000.00
Total 4,517 418,810.00

(1)This figure includes 46 fines (£4,530) that are in dispute by missions who claim not to have received the original penalty notices. These could not be resolved before issue of the statement.

The number of outstanding fines incurred by diplomatic missions in the United Kingdom for non-payment of the London congestion charge since its introduction in February 2003 until 3 April 2007 was 74,198. The table below shows the 10 diplomatic missions with the highest value of outstanding fines.

Mission Number of Outstanding Fines Value £
1. USA 15150 1,484,765
2. Nigeria 6949 682,370
3. Sudan 5633 545,990
4. Japan 4119 386,150
5. Tanzania 3119 298,940
6. Kenya 3099 292,830
7. South Africa 2773 267,290
8. Sierra Leone 2619 252,310
9. Germany 2515 223,950
10. Zimbabwe 1641 157,430