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Transport for London (TfL) is asking people to have their say on proposals that aim to boost safety and cut congestion on London’s network of red routes, by increasing the maximum penalty charge notice (PCN) for contraventions of the rules from £130 to £160. Fines would be reduced to £80 if paid within 14 days. All income from PCNs is re-invested by TfL, to cover the cost of enforcement and schemes to reduce road danger.   

London’s red routes are roads managed by TfL. They make up five per cent of roads but carry 30 per cent of the traffic. Red routes exist to allow traffic to move safely and efficiently along some of the busiest roads in London. Stopping is generally prohibited on these roads, outside of designated locations and times clearly marked by signs. Failing to follow the rules and signs at junctions creates safety risks, disrupts traffic and creates congestion for everyone. Vital deliveries and collections can be obstructed and buses and the emergency services can be delayed.    

Fine levels are set to deter motorists from ignoring vital rules and safety restrictions. They are an important way of encouraging everybody to follow the rules of the road. PCNs can be issued for:     

  • Parking illegally in loading bays
  • Blocking yellow box junctions 
  • Making a turn where this movement is banned, which creates risk for people walking and cycling   
  • Driving or parking in a bus lane
  • Parking illegally on double red lines, or on single red lines at times when parking is not permitted

The cost of a PCN for contraventions on the red route network has not increased for over ten years. The last increase was in April 2011 when it rose from £120 to £130. TfL’s proposed increase to £160 is in line with inflation since the last increase. TfL expects the higher fine level to be a more effective deterrent that will, over time, lead to a reduced level of contraventions and help to keep the road network safe for everyone. Increased compliance with the rules is also expected to boost bus reliability, reduce congestion, improve air quality and the encourage more people to walk and cycle.  

TfL’s consultation is now open at haveyoursay.tfl.gov.uk/penalty-charge-2021 and runs until 19 September.     

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