Government confirms new cycle lane powers for councils

Local authorities are being given new tools to support cyclists to create what the Government calls “a greener and more resilient transport network”.

From a week on Monday (22 June) Local authorities in England will have 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.

The Department for Transport says 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.

The government says the announcement is the latest measure to develop “a greener, healthier and more resilient transport network in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic”.

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