London drivers are fined £160 for entering cycle paths

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ondon drivers could be fined £160 for riding on cycle paths under new rules that come into effect on Monday.

Transport for London (TfL) can hand out hefty fines for motorists caught on or over cycle paths marked with a solid white line.

First-time offenders will receive a warning letter instead of a fine for the first six months of the scheme.

TfL, chaired by Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, will use its CCTV network to maintain car-free cycle lanes on major roads.

The cost of the fine is £160 at full price but will be reduced by 50 per cent to £80 if paid within 14 days.

“From June 27, 2022, we will be able to issue a fine notification (PCN) to drivers… if you drive over the white line of a cycle path when this is not allowed [or] if you stop or park on a bicycle path while that is not allowed,” the TfL website reads.

“The new enforcement powers will help protect designated space for cyclists and make the capital’s roads more attractive for Londoners to cycle on, and help build on the huge increase in cycling in the capital since the start of the coronavirus pandemic,” said TfL.

TfL spokesman Siwan Hayward said the new fines will help boost “a green and sustainable future for London” by making walking and cycling more accessible and safer.

She said: “Protecting designated space for cyclists is essential to keep them safe and increase confidence to cycle.

“We want to ensure a green and sustainable future for London, and to do this we must continue to make walking and cycling around our city safe and accessible to all Londoners.”

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