Mo­torists’ fines set to in­crease un­der new plans

Ruislip & Eastcote & Northwood Gazette - - News - by QASIM PERACHA Twit­ter: @qasim­per­acha

FINES handed out on Lon­don’s roads could be set to in­crease if new plans are ap­proved.

Penalty Charge No­tices (PCNs) handed out by Trans­port for Lon­don (TfL) could in­crease from £130 to £160, or from £65 to £80 for those who pay within a fort­night of the of­fence.

The fines are handed out by TfL for fail­ure to pay the con­ges­tion charge, as well as driv­ing in bus lanes, mak­ing banned turns, park­ing in­cor­rectly or block­ing the road on any of TfL’s red routes.

The red route network is spread through­out Greater Lon­don and in­cludes vi­tal roads in the cap­i­tal which are over­seen by TfL, rather than the lo­cal bor­ough coun­cil.

Ac­cord­ing to a 2015 study by TfL, con­ges­tion on the red route network alone costs the econ­omy £2.2 bil­lion a year and the stop-start traf­fic leads to in­creased emis­sions, which has a knock-on ef­fect on health and the en­vi­ron­ment. Over the past five years, the num­ber of peo­ple fail­ing to pay the con­ges­tion charge has in­creased by 12%, which TfL ar­gues is a “clear in­di­ca­tor that the cur­rent de­ter­rent is no longer ef­fec­tive”. The money raised by PCNs is rein­vested by TfL into Lon­don’s trans­port network for main­te­nance, re­duc­ing dan­ger and im­prov­ing ac­ces­si­bil­ity and at­trac­tive­ness, the or­gan­i­sa­tion said. Paul Cow­perth­waite, TfL’s gen­eral man­ager for road user charg­ing, said: “We are com­mit­ted to keep­ing the cap­i­tal mov­ing and by im­prov­ing com­pli­ance we help keep junc­tions and roads clear which, if blocked, cause sig­nif­i­cant im­pact to all road users. “The over­whelm­ing ma­jor­ity of mo­torists fol­low the rules; how­ever, we have seen a steady in­crease in the num­ber of mo­torists flout­ing them, so it is clear the cur­rent Penalty Charge No­tice level is not as ef­fec­tive as it once was.”

We have seen a steady in­crease in the num­ber of mo­torists flout­ing the rules TfL’s Paul Cow­perth­waite

Over the past five years, the num­ber of PCNs handed out by TfL has in­creased by 12%

A mis­take on the road could now set you back £160

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