Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

[Pounds Sterling]120 Fine If Drivers Stray into a Bus Lane

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

[Pounds Sterling]120 Fine If Drivers Stray into a Bus Lane

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MOTORISTS face rocketing fines for driving offences in central London.

They will have to pay [pounds sterling]120

up from [pounds sterling]100

for driving in bus lanes, parking on double yellow lines, outside schools, on a pedestrian crossing or at a bus stop.

The revised fines, which begin on 1 July, are expected to rake in an extra [pounds sterling]20 million for councils and are part of a new two-tier system.

They follow the biggest overhaul of the penalty system since 1993 and have been approved by Transport for London and London Councils, which represent the 33 boroughs.

The [pounds sterling]120 penalties will also apply to so-called moving traffic offences such as blocking a yellow box junction, ignoring a no entry sign or driving the wrong way down a one-way street.

Those caught committing minor breaches such as overstaying at a pay and display machine or feeding a meter will be fined [pounds sterling]80

[pounds sterling]20 less than now. Motorists who pay within 14 days will receive a 50 per cent discount, as now.

In outer London, where the current parking offence penalty is [pounds sterling]80, the fines will be [pounds sterling]100 and [pounds sterling]60. It has been estimated that the parking penalty revenue of local authorities will rise from about [pounds sterling]215 million last year to around [pounds sterling]234 million, an eight per cent increase. Barrie Segal of Appealnow.com, which helps drivers fight "unfair" tickets, claimed today that revenues were certain to rise because the higher penalties applied to the most-common transgressions, such as parking in a resident's bay without a permit. "The amount taken by councils will go up and I cannot believe they were unaware of this when they drew up the new policy," he said. …

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