London’s Red Route Fines Increase

London’s Red Route Fines Increase


Major of London, Sadiq Khan has come under fire recently after announcing plans to increase London’s red route fines by up to £30.

Transport for London (TfL) launched a consultation on hiking the maximum fine on the capital’s red routes to £160.


Other offenses that could see a fine increase are:

  • blocking yellow box junctions
  • breaking parking rules
  • performing illegal turns
  • driving in bus lanes


The main concern comes from driver’s dependant on the red routes for work and access across the city.

Although they only make up 5% of the total road length, they carry more than 30% of the capital’s traffic.



RAC head of roads policy Nicholas Lyes condemned the recent move, saying

“Only last week, the Mayor announced hikes to the Congestion Charge, and now he follows this up with an unnecessary hike in the penalty charge level. It’s starting to feel like the Mayor of London is waging a war on drivers and businesses that rely on their vehicles with another eye-watering hike.”


But Tfl claims that they would rather drivers follow the rules than be fined.

In a statement, TfL said:

“Fines would be reduced to £80 if paid within 14 days. All income from PCNs is re-invested by TfL, to cover the cost of enforcement and schemes to reduce road danger.”

If the increase in fines goes ahead it will be the first rise in 10 years, which is “in line with inflation” according to TfL.

Drivers will have the opportunity to voice their opinions on the PCN changes via a survey until 19 September 2021.


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London’s Red Route Fines Increase