Councils to use CCTV to issue PCNs to drivers who park in cycle lanes

Published 18 June 2020

From Monday 22 June, local authorities in England will have new powers to use CCTV footage to issue penalty charge notices to drivers who park or load illegally in mandatory cycle lanes, putting cyclists at risk.

Local authorities can already use cameras to enforce parking in bus lanes, red routes, parking restrictions near schools, and bus stop/stand clearways. New powers have been granted to extend this use of CCTV to mandatory cycle lanes.

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There are two types of cycling lanes, mandatory and advisory. A mandatory cycle lane excludes all other vehicles and is marked by a single, unbroken white line on the carriageway. It should be placed in conjunction with signs notifying other road users when it is in operation.

An advisory cycle lane is marked with a broken white line and without traffic signs. These tend to be used in situations where mandatory lanes would be too restrictive, i.e. on a narrow road.

The cost of a PCN is set by legislation, with two charging bands: higher and lower. Parking in a cycle lane is considered a higher contravension, meaning the charge is £70, which is reduced by 50 per cent if paid within 14 days. Fines for motorists parking their cars in cycle lanes are set to be a maximum of £130 in London.

Drivers can challenge a parking PCN if they think it's wrong, you have 28 days to do this. If you do it within 14 days and your challenge is rejected, you may only have to pay 50 per cent of the fine.

The measure follows the Transport Secretary's pledge of £2 billion for cycling and walking in May. Of that sum, £225 million is for local authorities in England to create pop up cycle lanes with protected space for cycling, wider pavements, safer junctions, and bike and bus-only corridors. 

Cycling minister Chris Heaton-Harris said: "There has been a surge in the number of people dusting off their old bike from the back of the shed and cycling, or taking journeys on foot, to get from A to B. 

"Giving local authorities more powers to stop cycle lanes from becoming blocked will make it safer for cyclists."

Comments

gavsmit    on 19 June 2020

Another crime that the users of cloned number plates will be immune from prosecution for, and more hassle for the poor people they've cloned the number plate from.

BOB 1    on 22 June 2020

I wish the cyclists would keep to cycleways when they are available, and observe
the rules of the road, ie traffic lights on red mean all transport should stop!!!!!!!!

dombat    on 22 June 2020

I wish the cyclists would keep to cycleways when they are available, and observe the rules of the road, ie traffic lights on red mean all transport should stop!!!!!!!!

For starters, think why cyclists DONT use cycle paths. They're usually useless, bordering on dangerous (see 99% of them in Surrey). All your other comments can be applied to motorists, who have a significantly larger chance of killing. Cars on pavements kill around 40 a year, cyclists around 1. Perhaps consider not reading the Daily Mail?

J Kingsley    on 23 June 2020

How can drivers load or unload their vehicles if there ia cycle lane present?

P Menzies    on 23 June 2020

When you realise what a minority can achieve (cyclists), think what effect a majority(motorists) , voting for a motoring candidate could achieve!

soldierboy 001    on 24 June 2020

I you putting up Mike Rutherford

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