TfL to increase vehicle penalty charges
The UK's Transport for London (TfL) is planning to increase its penalty charge notices (PCN) in an effort to reduce traffic congestion and improve road safety.
TfL expects that its proposed hike of PCN from £130 to £160, or £65 to £80, would ensure compliance on the roads and also improve traffic flow.
Charges will be applicable on all TfL's road network and for failing to pay the congestion charge from next year.
According to TfL, there has been a 12% increase in a number of PCN’s issued to the motorists over the past five years, which is an indication that the existing deterrent is no longer effective.
Transport for London road user charging general manager Paul Cowperthwaite said: "We are committed to keeping the Capital moving and by improving compliance we help keep junctions and roads clear, which if blocked cause significant impact to all road users.
"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."
The transport authority further explained that more than a third of traffic in London uses TfL's red routes and certain vehicles cause inconvenience due to improper parking and driving in bus lanes, which create a hazardous situation for pedestrians and cyclists.
TfL will be using the money received from the PCNs towards the maintenance of London's transport network.
The consultation process on the proposed hike will begin from today and will run until 10 November.