London drivers could be slapped with £160 fine from next week if they break these rules

Transport for London has confirmed an increase in the maximum fines of £160 on the capital’s busiest roads from next week for drivers found breaking the rules.

From Monday (January 17) drivers will be hit with bigger penalty charge notice (PCN) for breaking the rules on London’s Red Routes.

Offences including blocking yellow box junctions, breaking parking rules, performing illegal turns and driving in bus lanes.

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The fines are set to go up by £30 from £130 to £160.

TfL which manages Red Routes says there has been a 26 per cent increase in the number of PCNs issued for parking, loading, bus lane and moving traffic offences on red routes between 2016 and 2019.

The fine is set to undergo a £30 hike

Red routes are some of the busiest roads in the city, carrying over 30 percent of traffic. The increase comes despite two third of respondents to a consultation last year opposing the hike.

The RAC also likened the new fines for minor offences as almost on par with being caught illegally using a phone at the wheel.

TfL said the increase to £160 is ‘in line with inflation since the last increase’ and brings the fine amount in-line with penalties for non-payment of the capital’s Congestion Charge and the recently extended Ultra-Low Emission Zone.

The announcement comes just weeks after TfL confirmed a 30 per cent increase in the Congestion Charge to £15 per day will be permanent.

In a statement TFL said: “Increasing the level of the penalty charge is about improving compliance, not penalising drivers, It should deter motorists from contravening essential rules and safety restrictions.

“PCNs are an important way of encouraging road users to follow the rules of the road and are only issued to the small number of drivers who contravene these rules.”

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President of the AA, Edmund King, who oppose the increase said: “There is no justification for increasing fines to £160, enforcement needs to be fair, proportionate and allow discretion while creating a deterrent. The AA believes that £130 fines are sufficient to provide deterrence.”

Transport for London issues penalty charge notices for the following motoring breaches, including:

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

Stopping on the red route

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