- Transport for London £130. held a public consultation for hiking the fine from
- Drivers who unavoidably stop at box junctions or accidentally enter bus lanes can be fined £70 more than shoplifters and those who cause criminal damages.
- Penalty for minor road offenses will be twice the daily minimum wage
- AA said the hike was ‘unacceptable’ and reprimanded TfL for not providing any evidence to increase the fine amount
- It described TfL’s cases of enforcement as “grossly unfair, substandard and disturbing”.
Motoring organizations have slammed Transport for London’s proposed £30 increase in road fines on the capital’s ‘red routes’, which would allow drivers to block yellow box junctions, break parking rules, make illegal turns and block bus lanes. Will charge £160 for driving in.
This would mean motorists committing minor traffic violations in London would be fined 78 per cent more than shoppers and those causing criminal damages – and up to four times the minimum daily wage.
AA President Edmund King, in a sharp reaction to a public consultation launched by TfL in August, described the decision as ‘unacceptable’, and said the capital’s transport owners provided no evidence to support an increase in road traffic fine amounts. Was.
Penalty more than theft for entering the box junction! In August Transport for London launched a public consultation to increase fines for minor road offenses on the capital’s red routes from £130 to £160, which would then amount to £70 more than shoplifting and criminal damages. AA provides that it is the funds that have exclusive access to the scathing TfL response.
The consultation – started on 5 August and closed on 19 September – raised the maximum penalty fee notice (PCN) in central London from £130 to £160, as part of efforts to ‘reduce road hazards and congestion’.
If paid within 14 days, the fine will be reduced to £80, although the full £160 amount exceeds £70 for thieves and criminals.
In his written letter to TfL, AA’s public affairs spokesman, Luc Bossadet, said: ‘Anyone who is shoplifting, intoxicated and disorderly or commits criminal damages, may be fined £90 for disorder for one. Penalty notice may be given. low level crime.
‘Does society consider stopping at a yellow box junction or walking in a bus lane a worse crime than theft or criminal damage?’
It went on to point out: ‘The top tier of minimum wage is £8.91 an hour. This provides an income of £71.28 for an eight-hour day.
‘For someone under 18, it’s £4.62. For a first year apprenticeship, it is £4.30. They both provide a daily income of less than £40.
‘Then the question is whether the loss of a day’s wage or more corresponds to a crime where, by mistake or perhaps due to poor signage, a driver’s car may partially stop in a yellow box or more than two seconds. For a short time the bus can deviate in the lane, without obstructing other road users in any case.’
The Red Roads, which are managed by TfL, make up about 5% of the capital’s road network.
While they only account for a small portion of London’s roads, they are also some of the city’s busiest, carrying 40% of all traffic, meaning hundreds of thousands of drivers are charged for minor violations. There is a risk of receiving a fine.
Penalty charge notices for offenses such as criminal damage, shoplifting, being drunk and disorderly and selling alcohol to minors are only £90 – this is £70 less than the full fine amount for drivers who inadvertently drive the box junction for a few seconds. do block.
The Red Roads, which are managed by TfL, make up about five percent of the capital’s road network.
However, they are some of the busiest in the city, carrying 40 percent of the traffic.
TfL says it is proposing an increase in fine amounts for offenses such as illegal parking to deter motorists from breaking the rules and therefore prevent obstruction of ‘critical delivery and collection’ and for buses and emergency services. Minimizes delay.
‘No evidence to support increase in fines’, says AA
Announcing the proposal on 5 August, TfL said: ‘All proceeds from the PCN are reinvested by TfL, to cover the costs of enforcement and plans to reduce road hazards.’
If the decision to increase the penalty amount is taken forward, it will be the first hike for 10 years.
TfL says the proposed increase to £160 is ‘in line with inflation since the last increase’.
However, the AA rejected TfL’s failure to provide evidence to justify the increase, saying that records suggest the current £130 fine – reduced to £65 if paid within a fortnight. is – is a sufficient deterrent.
TfL’s own research for 2011 to 2016 shows that more than 60 percent of PCNs were assigned to violations for the first time.
Based on these data, the AA said: ‘Clearly, the current level of fines is having a significant deterrent effect.’
TfL said the proposed increase in fines is aimed at “increasing compliance with the rules and making roads safer, cleaner and less congested for all”, but has been termed a “money grab” by motoring groups.
The AA accused TfL of failing to provide evidence to justify the proposed penalty increase and said records suggest the current £130 fine – reduced to £65 if paid within a fortnight – is an adequate deterrent, with 6 out of 10 PCNs issued first-time offender
Percentage of TfL PCNs issued to repeat offenders
Source: TfL’s Report to the Mayor on Congestion Charge and Traffic Enforcement Penalty Charge Notice Consultation December 2017
TfL enforcement of red routes has been described as ‘grossly unfair’, ‘shoddy’ and ‘disturbing’
Successful PCN appeal data also shows that many PCN…