Drivers in London who are caught in a cycle lane face a £ 160 fine in a new law change. From today, Transport for London (TfL) is now able to fine drivers instead of the police.
The fines will be handed out to vehicles that repeatedly drive within, or cross, cycle lanes marked by a solid white line. Local authorities in England outside the capital have also been given the right to apply for powers to issue fines for traffic offenses, such as stopping in a yellow box junction and making illegal U-turns, reports the Sun.
Outside London, they will be expected to issue warning notices for first-time contraventions at each individual camera location for the first six months. London authorities, along with Cardiff council, can already issue fines for other traffic offenses, such as driving down a “no entry” road.
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However, for cycle lane offenders London is also expected to only deliver warnings for their cameras’ first six months of operation.
Jack Cousens, head of roads policy for the AA, told the Daily Telegraph that the change could have a positive effect, but cautioned that local authorities needed to be wary that “many will accuse them of filling the council coffers should this penalty be seen to be excessively enforced “.
TfL will issue fines at the same level as other red route penalty charge notices, meaning the £ 160 fine will be halved to £ 80 if paid within two weeks.