The aim of the increase is to reduce congestion and improve road safety in the capital

 

In a bid to reduce congestion and improve road safety, drivers in London could be hit with increased fines of up to 25%.

Any motorist in London caught breaking the laws of the road, such as driving in the bus lanes or making illegal turns, could be handed a fine 25% higher than the current Penalty Charge Notice.

The new plans have been proposed by Transport for London (TfL), who believe under the new price increase congestion will be reduced and there’ll be an improvement to road safety in the capital.

The aim of the increase is to reduce congestion and improve road safety in the capital

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TfL is proposing to increase the price of Penalty Charge Notice’s (PCNs) from £130 to £160, both of which are halved if the fine is paid early and will be introduced sometime in the first few months of 2018.

The increase would apply to all road offences occurring on their road network, as well as for those motorists who fail to pay the £11.50 Congestion Charge.

There’s been a 12% increase over the past five years in the number of motorists receiving PCNs. In 2016, a total of 1.5 million PCNs were handed out to offending drivers, compared to 1.3 million back in 2011/2012.

According to TfL, the current deterrent is “no longer effective.”

They’re hopeful that by introducing higher fines for those breaking the law, it will improve traffic flow and help with road safety.

London’s transport network will benefit from all the money earned from drivers being handed a PCN.

The consultation process starts on September 4, lasting until November 10 and any changes will possibly be put into effect early next year.

“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,” said TfL’s general manager for road user charging, Paul Cowperthwaite.

 

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