Safer journeys for cyclists as local authorities get new powers

10 June 2020

Cyclists will have safer journeys thanks to new laws giving Local authorities in England new powers to use CCTV to issue penalty charge notices to drivers who park or load illegally in mandatory cycle lanes, putting cyclists at risk of a serious accident.

Cars parked on cycle lanes pose problems for cyclists, often forcing them into the flow of traffic. With approved camera devices, it will be easier for those local authorities with civil parking enforcement powers to take action against cars illegally parked on mandatory cycle lanes, allowing cyclists to complete their journeys without deviating from their path.

A new Statutory Instrument amends the Civil Enforcement of Parking Contraventions (England) General Regulations 2007 to include in the list of circumstances where PCNs for parking contraventions may be issued by post on the basis of camera evidence: parking contraventions in a mandatory cycle lane. For more information read this 3-page government advice note

Local authorities can already use cameras to enforce parking in bus lanes, red routes, parking restrictions near schools, and bus stop/stand clearways.

This announcement is the latest measure from the UK Government to develop a greener, healthier and more resilient transport network in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and follows the Transport Secretary’s announcement of a £2 billion package for cycling and walking last month to help create a greener transport network.

This included £225 million 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.

The public will also be able to benefit from the recently announced bicycle repair scheme, where up to half a million £50 vouchers will be issued to people in England to help get neglected bikes back on the road.