‘We are waging a war on drivers.’ Car owners will have to pay more as a result of the economic downturn. Sadiq Khan want to raise fines.
The RAC has accused London Mayor Sadiq Khan of “waging a war on drivers” as a result of increased fine proposals in the city.
The maximum penalty charge notice (PCN) on red routes has been suggested by Transport for London (TfL) to be increased from £130 to £160.
These red routes are a network of key roadways that account for 5% of all roads yet carry up to 30% of all traffic in the city.
To keep traffic moving on these roadways, single and double red lines prohibit all stopping, parking, and loading.
When drivers park on double red lines or single red lines during periods when parking is prohibited, they risk receiving a PCN.
Parking illegally in loading bays, obstructing yellow box junctions, or driving in bus lanes when it is not authorized can all result in fines.
The proposed price hikes were criticised by the RAC as “unnecessary.”
It will be the first increase in a decade, according to TfL, and is designed to be a more effective deterrent that will “lead to a decreased level of contraventions.”
The RAC’s head of roads policy, Nicholas Lyes, had some thoughts on the planned price adjustments.
“Just last week, the mayor announced Congestion Fee hikes, and now he follows it up with an unjustified increase in the penalty charge level,” he stated.
“The mayor announced Congestion Fee hikes just last week, and now he follows it up with an unjustified increase in the penalty charge level.
“Because the previous levy should have been enough of a deterrence to prevent violations, this increase appears to be nothing more than a cash grab.
“It’s beginning to feel like the Mayor of London is waging a war on drivers and businesses who rely on their automobiles by imposing yet another eye-watering hike.”
This announcement comes just days after TfL announced that the Congestion Charge would be increased by 30%.
The proposed changes include raising the daily rate to £15 and limiting the hours of operation from Monday to Friday by four hours.
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Residents who live in the Congestion Charge zone would also receive a 90% discount.
Siwan, TfL’s director of compliance and policing. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”