Transport for London announced the changes to increase the price of fines for contraventions on red routes in the capital. From January 17, the charge will increase from £130 to £160, providing a “more effective deterrent” that will lead to increased compliance and reduce road danger and congestion.
The penalty charge will still be reduced by 50 percent if paid within 15 days, although the price will be increased by 50 percent if paid after the 28-day threshold.
This change has been made following a public consultation which was run between August and September last year.
Penalty charge notices (PCNs) are issued to the small number of drivers who fail to follow the rules on red routes, putting the safety of themselves and other road users at risk and causing disruption on some of the capital’s busiest and most important roads.
Overall, there has been a 26 percent increase in the number of PCNs issued for parking, loading, bus lane and moving traffic offences between 2016 and 2019.
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He added: “There is no justification for increasing penalty charge notice amounts from £130 to £160 on London roads managed by Transport for London.
“The AA fully accepts the need for fair and effective road traffic enforcement to deter selfish and illegal driving that impedes other road users, reduces the effectiveness of the road network, disrupts business, and can lead to increased emissions.
“However, enforcement needs to be fair, proportionate and allow discretion while creating a deterrent.
“The AA believes that £130 fines are sufficient to provide deterrence.”
Drivers can now be fined £160 for a number of infractions which could interfere with the flow of the red routes.
This includes: 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; and stopping on the red route.
Nicholas Lyes, the head of roads policy for the RAC, described the increase as “eye-watering”.
This is the first price increase in 10 years and the rise is “in line with inflation since the last increase”.
Siwan Hayward, Director of Compliance, Policing, Operations and Security for TfL, said the price increase was necessary.
She said: “We are committed to keeping London moving safely and efficiently, and compliance on the Transport for London Road Network is essential in achieving those aims.
“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.”