Fines for London motorists who drive on cycle lanes

Transport for London (TfL) introduced a new scheme on Monday this week (27 June) which imposes fines on vehicles that drive within, or cross, the white lines of cycle lanes.

TfL now has powers over lanes and tracks across its wider road network, in the same way it legislates over bus lanes and yellow box junctions. Existing CCTV cameras will be used to catch offenders.

Drivers found guilty will have to pay £160 although this drops to £80 if paid within 14 days.

The new enforcement powers come as a result of London mayor Sadiq Khan’s Vision for Cycling, where he has pledged to build a strategic network for cycling in the capital – which will run alongside key tube, rail and bus routes. The plan is to incentivise cycling by keeping cyclists safe, after TfL said more than half of Londoners choose not to cycle because of concerns over road traffic.