Fines for misuse of bike boxes

Transport for London and its policing partners have stepped up their enforcement of bike boxes on the capital's roads to help improve cycle safety. Drivers and cyclists caught entering the boxes when the signal is red will be liable for fines.

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Road Traffic Act states motor vehicles must stop

The law comes under the Road Traffic Act. Credit: Highway Code

Point 178 of the Highway Code, which falls under the Road Traffic Act, states:

"Advanced stop lines. Some signal-controlled junctions have advanced stop lines to allow cycles to be positioned ahead of other traffic.

Motorists, including motorcyclists, MUST stop at the first white line reached if the lights are amber or red and should avoid blocking the way or encroaching on the marked area at other times, e.g. if the junction ahead is blocked.

If your vehicle has proceeded over the first white line at the time that the signal goes red, you MUST stop at the second white line, even if your vehicle is in the marked area.

Allow cyclists time and space to move off when the green signal shows."

Cyclists will get £30 fine for jumping lights

Cyclists caught jumping red lights can get a £30 fine Credit: Simon Harris/ITN

Advanced Stop Lines are the boxes marked on the road with a bike symbol painted inside, located at many traffic lights to give bikes more space and distance from cars.

However, significant numbers of drivers are not currently stopping at the rear line and cyclists are jumping red lights.

Drivers caught crossing the first or second advanced stop lines when the signal is red will be liable for a £60 fixed penalty charge and three points on their licence.

The only exception to this rule is if the traffic signal changes from green to amber and drivers cannot safely stop before the first stop line.

Cyclists are also being targeted. Cyclists who jump red lights will be issued with a £30 fine if caught doing so.

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