Dark side of the Olympics? Thousands fined for using Games Lanes

30th August 2012

Transport for London (TFL) bosses have revealed that a total of £845,000 of fines have been sent to motorists for driving in Olympic Games Lanes specially reserved for athletes, officials and the media from July 25th.

Some 6,500 drivers received fines of £130 for using the lanes during the Olympic period.

Warnings were issued during the first six days rather than fines to allow drivers to adjust to the new restriction, and TfL reported a 98 per cent compliance rate thanks to the switch period and numerous signs informing motorists.

"We had no interest in unnecessarily penalising drivers and, with a very high compliance rate of around 98 per cent, the overwhelming majority followed the requirement to stay out of Games Lanes when they were in use," stated Garrett Emmerson, TfL's chief operating officer for surface transport.

However, while the company claims the lanes were crucial for ensuring athletes got to the Games on time, there will no doubt be some who feel the scheme was designed to take advantage of motorists who are already burdened with London's Congestion Charge.

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