London's cycle czar cracks down on motorists stopping in cycle boxes

Fines to be dished out with cameras pinpointing offenders
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London's cycling commissioner has told The Evening Standard that drivers who stop in 'bicycle boxes' will receive three penalty points on their driving licence and a £60 fine.

CCTV will be used to implement the measure in the same way as in bus lanes.

Gilligan told the Standard: "At present, you have to have a police officer standing at the junction or in a police car. What we can do is stick a camera up and do automatic enforcement. That will sort out the problem."

Sustrans has issued a statement in support of the proposal. The charity’s London director, German Dector-Vega, said: “Cycling through busy traffic junctions is one of the most challenging things to do on your bike and the advantage of a little extra space at bicycle boxes can mean the difference between a safe trip and a serious injury.

“Fining drivers who stop in bicycle boxes will help change behaviour so that in the future this issue will need very little policing and our roads will be safer and more harmonious.

“Until then, any revenue raised should be invested in other road safety initiatives, such as training for drivers and cyclists.”

In the report, The cycle commissioner also denied reports the £1bn cycle plan budget was at risk. There's more at the Standard's website.

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