Motorists set for ‘eye-watering’ fines of £160 on busiest roads in bid to reduce traffic

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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.

The price is being increased to support TfL’s Vision Zero aims to reduce road danger, improve public transport reliability and increase active travel.

Red routes only make up around five percent of roads in London but carry 30 percent of traffic in the capital.

Stopping is generally prohibited on these roads, outside of designated locations and times clearly marked by signs.

President of the AA, Edmund King, said there is “no justification” for increasing fines for £160, adding that nearly two thirds of respondents to the consultation agreed that the price rise was unnecessary.

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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.”

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