Drivers face increases of almost 25 per cent for breaking road rules under new Transport for London proposals that could come into force as early as next year
MOTORISTS could be hit by fines of up to £160 for failing to pay the London Congestion Charge or making illegal turns under new plans.
Transport for London (TfL) is proposing raising penalties from £130 to £160 for breaking the rules – and changes could come into force in early 2018.
Failing to pay £11,50 Congestion Charge could soon net you a £160 fine
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Transport bosses said hiking fines will help improve traffic flow and road safety – but it could also net an extra £45million a year.
Offences that would carry the new fine include blocking the road, driving in a bus lane, making illegal turns and failing to pay the £11.50 a day C-Charge.
Many choose to half their fine by paying early but this would rise from £65 to £80.
The past five years have seen a 12 per cent rise in the number of motorists being handed fines – up from 1.3million to 1.5million.
And TfL argued the fines were no longer providing enough of a deterrent.
Steve Gooding, director of the RAC Foundation, said: “Motorists will applaud TfL’s ambition to improve traffic flow on London’s congested roads, but might take some persuading that £160 is a proportionate penalty.
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“We need to be reassured that the rising number of cases where drivers are breaking the rules isn’t the fault of the road layout rather than a symptom of indifference to the law or an inadequate level of penalty.”
Paul Cowperthwaite, TfL’s general manager for road user charging, said: “We are committed to keeping the capital moving and by improving compliance we help keep junctions and roads clear, which if blocked cause significant impact to all road users.”
Changes are being made to improve traffic flow
“The overwhelming majority of motorists follow the rules; however, we have seen a steady increase in the number of motorists flouting them so it is clear the current Penalty Charge Notice level is not as effective as it once was.”
The proposals are currently under consultation until November with plans to implement changes in early 2018.