Transport for London is increasing the fines for contraventions on London’s red routes. As of Monday 17 January the charge will increase from £130 to £160. This puts it in line with penalties for non-payment of the Congestion Charge and the Ultra-Low Emission Zone, which are also currently set at £160.
TfL say the increased penalty will be ‘a more effective deterrent that will lead to increased compliance and reduce road danger and congestion.’
London’s red routes are roads make up five per cent of roads but carry 30 per cent of the capital’s traffic. The double red lines were introduced to allow traffic to move safely and efficiently along the busiest roads where stopping is generally prohibited, outside of designated locations and times clearly marked by signs.
The penalty charge will still be reduced by 50 per cent if paid within 14 days and increased by 50 per cent if paid after 28 days.
Image above: map of London’s Red Routes
‘Not about penalising drivers’
‘Failing to follow the rules and signs at junctions creates safety risks, disrupts traffic and creates congestion for everyone’ says TfL. ‘Vital deliveries can be obstructed and buses and the emergency services can be delayed.
‘Increasing the level of the penalty charge is about improving compliance, not penalising drivers.’
There has been a significant increase in the number of Penalty Charge Notices issued in recent years. Even before the pandemic and the introduction of Low Traffic Neighbourhoods, between 2016 and 2019 there was a 26 per cent increase in the number of PCNs issued for parking, loading, bus lane and moving traffic offences.
PCNs can be issued for contraventions such as:
- 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
- Stopping on the red route
TfL also recently announced that it intends to make its trial of 24-hour bus lanes permanent, after a trial found that extending bus lane hours on London’s busiest roads cut journey times and helped reliability, making bus use more attractive and helping to encourage more Londoners onto buses.
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