London Red Route Fines Could Increase
TFL (Transport For London) has proposed a hike in the fines that are handed out to motorists for offences carried out in London’s Red Route Zones (no stopping areas).
The proposed increase is to a new maximum of £160 (currently set at £130) for the penalty charge notice (or PCN for short), TFL say the increase could improve safety in London’s Red Route areas.
Although Red Route Zones only account for a small section of London they are the busiest and see nearly a third of all of London’s traffic.
Red Route Zones are designed to keep traffic flowing in some of London’s busiest traffic areas. Motorists should always pay attention to the Red Route signs and be aware of when the zones are in operation, so they do not fall foul and pay the price.
The RAC have labelled the proposed increase as a “money-grab” - Nicholas Lyes (RAC head of roads policy) also expressed concerns that the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan is “waging a war on drivers and businesses that rely on their vehicles”.
Sadiq Khan has already pushed ahead with the expansion of London’s ULEZ zone which will generate more income for UK’s capital, this latest proposal by TFL is yet another levy in what seems to be a war on motorists.
Red Route Zone are designed to keep traffic flowing and in principle should help lower emissions as well as improve safety. The TFL say stopping motorists stopping/parking in these areas also helps prevent the obstruction of “vital deliveries and collections” in the capital.