TfL set to increase fines for offences on London’s red routes

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TfL says increasing fines for road contraventions will provide a ‘more effective deterrent’ that leads to increased compliance and reduces road danger.

Penalty charge notices (PCNs) are issued to drivers who fail to follow the rules on London’s network of red routes.

This includes parking illegally in loading bays, blocking yellow box junctions and driving or parking in a bus lane.

Statistics show there was a 26% increase in the number of PCNs issued for parking, loading, bus lane and moving traffic offences between 2016 and 2019.

On 10 January, TfL announced it would press ahead with plans to increase the level of the penalty charge for road contraventions from £130 to £160.

TfL hopes the increase will deter motorists from breaking essential rules and safety restrictions.

It is not about not penalising drivers, TfL adds.

Siwan Hayward, TfL’s director of compliance, policing, operations and security, said: “We are committed to keeping London moving safely and efficiently.

“Non-compliance impacts London’s air quality, creates safety risks, disrupts traffic and creates congestion for everyone. 

“Increasing the penalty charge for contraventions on our road network in line with inflation will provide a more effective deterrent to drivers and improve the safety and reliability of the network.”

The increased penalties come into effect from 17 January.

The penalty charge will still be reduced by 50% if paid within 14 days and increased by 50% if paid after 28 days.

10 January 2022