Increasing  fines on London’s red routes will ‘cut road danger’

TfL has outlined proposals that aim to boost safety and cut congestion on London’s network of red routes, by increasing the maximum penalty charge notice (PCN) for driving offences from £130 to £160. 

London’s red routes, managed by TfL, make up 5% of roads but carry 30% of the traffic. Red routes exist to allow traffic to move safely and efficiently along some of the busiest roads in London. 

Stopping is generally prohibited on these roads, outside of designated locations and times clearly marked by signs. TfL says failing to follow the rules and signs at junctions creates safety risks, disrupts traffic and creates congestion.

PCNs can be issued for a number of offences, including:     

• Parking illegally in loading bays

• Blocking yellow box junctions 

• Making a turn where this movement is banned, which creates risk for people walking and cycling   

• Driving or parking in a bus lane

• Parking illegally on double red lines, or on single red lines at times when parking is not permitted

The cost of a PCN for contraventions on the red route network has not increased for over a decade. The last increase was in April 2011 when it rose from £120 to £130. 

TfL says its proposed increase to £160 is in line with inflation and that it expects the higher fine level to be a more effective deterrent that will, over time, lead to a reduced level of contraventions and help to keep the road network safe.

It adds increased compliance with the rules is also expected to boost bus reliability, reduce congestion, improve air quality and encourage more people to walk and cycle. 

The plans are currently out for public consultation.

Siwan Hayward, TfL’s director of compliance and policing, said: ”London’s network of red routes plays a vital role in keeping people moving across the capital and it’s really important that everybody follows the rules that are in place to keep roads clear and to keep people safe. 

“We’d much rather people follow the rules than fine them, and the proposed increase in fines is intended to increase compliance with the rules and make streets safer, cleaner and less congested for everyone. 

“I’d urge people to have their say on these proposals and we welcome all feedback on our plans.”    

26 August 2021