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London drivers who enter cycle lanes will be fined £160 from Monday

On Monday June 27, new fines will be imposed by Transport for London, which will issue Penalty Notices (PCNs) for drivers who veer into cycle lanes. The same applies to motorists who stop in the lanes or block them.

Fines will be the same as existing red route PCNs at £160, reduced to £80 if paid within 14 days.

Drivers will be monitored and recorded using existing CCTV camera networks.

Previously, the task of enforcing drivers caught using cycle lanes fell to the police.

It’s a move that echoes new abilities for UK councils to fine drivers for offenses such as stopping at yellow junctions.

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TfL’s website states: ‘From 27 June 2022 we can issue a Penalty Notice (PCN) to drivers… if you drive on the white line of a cycle lane when it is not permitted [or] if you stop or park on a cycle path when this is not permitted.

The new fines are part of TFL’s ‘Vision Zero’ campaign which aims to end deaths and serious injuries on London’s roads.

TFL believe that currently more than half of Londoners are choosing not to cycle for safety reasons, the Evening Standard has reported.

He said: “The new enforcement powers will help protect designated space for cyclists and make the capital’s roads more attractive to Londoners, helping to capitalize on the huge increases in cycling seen in the capital since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.

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TfL spokesperson Siwan Hayward said the new fines will help encourage “a green and sustainable future for London” by making walking and cycling more accessible and safer.

Tom Bogdanowicz, senior policy and development officer at the London Cycling Campaign, said using cameras to implement the policy will: “Reduce road hazards and further improve the value for money that the investment in the cycle network brings.”

Only rental electric scooters in a test area and pedal bikes are legally allowed in cycle paths.

Drivers can still cross the solid white line of a bike lane if they are turning left or entering private property.

Since June 1, local authorities in England outside London have been able to ask the Secretary of State for new powers to enforce ‘traffic offences on the move’.

This means they can be granted powers previously only held by the police and for the first time will be able to fine drivers for such offences.

Offenses covered by the new app include driving in a bus lane, stopping at a yellow intersection, prohibited right or left turns, illegal U-turns and going the wrong way on a one-way street.

Fines range from £20 for lower tier penalties paid promptly, up to £105 for later payment of higher tier penalties.

These include violations of reserved bus lanes or parking a vehicle on a bike path.

The government has decided that excess funds generated from fines can be used to pay for the provision of public transport, highway improvement projects and environmental improvements.

It is currently unknown how many councils can apply, when specific councils can receive designation orders and when they can begin using the new enforcement powers.

Edmund King, President of the AA, said: “While the AA accepts that traffic enforcement in motion is necessary to maintain the efficiency of the road network and keep the streets safe, the experience and evidence of the poor effectiveness of this app in London is of great concern.”