New driving law introduced this week could see motorists fined £130 for simple mistake
New driving laws have given councils across the UK powers to use CCTV footage to issue driving fines if motorists break simple rules. The changes mean councils can issue charges to drivers who stop their vehicle in designated cycle lanes. Local councils can already use cameras to issue charges for those parking in bus lanes or parking restrictions near schools.
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However the new rule will mean motorists can be issued charges for parking in mandatory cycle lanes which are marked with a simple, unbroken white line.
Parking in these can see motorists issued a charge of up to £70 which can be reduced by 50 percent if paid within 14 days.
These costs increase in London where stopping in a cycle lane could see charges as high as £130.
The new measures aim to protect those who have opted to cycle to work in line with government advice.
The Department for Transport says the new parking measure will encourage more cyclists to use the road and boost confidence for many to use their bikes.
They say this will help alleviate pressure on public transport infrastructure as lockdown restrictions are eased and many return to work.
Cycling minister Chris Heaton-Harris revealed there had been a “surge” in cycle journeys as many avoided public transport.
He said: “There has been a surge in the number of people dusting off their old bike from the back of the shed and cycling, or taking journeys on foot, to get from A to B.
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“Giving local authorities more powers to stop cycle lanes from becoming blocked will make it safer for cyclists.
“These new measures also build on our recent £2 billion investment to create a green, healthier legacy and see more people travelling by bicycle or on foot.
Many cities across the country have benefited from a new £225milliion scheme for extra pop up cycle lanes.
The investment will see extra protected space for cyclists, wider pavements and safer junctions to ensure safety on the road.
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However, images have emerged of multiple cars blocking the cuties new cycle lanes with the local council promising to take action.
Cars and vehicles including taxis were seen parked all over the new cycle routes with some areas completely blocked.
This is despite the clear road markings and barriers which have been installed to keep cyclists safe.
Liverpool Council said there had been some “teething issues” with the new process but promised tougher measures to combat the issue.
They revealed new traffic laws were being drafted while letters would be sent to local residents to remind them of the new rules.
Speaking to the Liverpool Echo, the council said: “The new pop-up lanes are being installed to reflect people’s transport needs presented by the Covid-19 lockdown.
“There have been some teething issues with [the] totally new process, with the problem of cars parking on them being an example.
“The council is in the process of drafting new road traffic orders to address this and will be letter dropping residents to remind them of the safety hazards cars present to these lanes.
“Enforcement options are being looked at but it is hoped behaviours will change as these new pop-up lanes bed in. However, if car parking persists action will be taken.”
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