[Pounds Sterling]50 On-the-Spot Fine for Breaking Royal Park Rules

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Byline: NICHOLAS CECIL Chief Political Correspondent

CYCLISTS, dog walkers and other visitors who break by-laws in London's Royal Parks face being hit with [pounds sterling]50 on-the-spot fines.

Ministers are pushing ahead with plans to allow police to issue fixed penalty notices for dropping litter, dog fouling and flouting cycling regulations.

The fines could come in as early as the summer. "Going to a fixed penalty system does make sense, particularly for loutish cyclists and litter bugs," said Susan Kramer, Liberal Democrat MP for the Richmond Park constituency.

However, she opposes fines for dog owners who do not clean up after their pets until the Royal Parks introduce more disposal bins and a better education campaign on the problems of dog fouling.

She said many dog owners who use the parks do not realise they should pick up after their animals.

Putney Conservative MP Justine Greening warned, however, of the risks of a backlash against the fines, especially as the Royal Parks are also proposing new parking charges in Richmond Park and Bushy Park, of [pounds sterling]1 and 50p an hour respectively. …