Ban on vehicles at lethal Bank junction raises £10million in fines

Motoristshave paid £10 million in fines for flouting a safety ban at a notorious junction.

The £130 tickets are being issued at an average of one a minute to motorists breaching weekday restrictions at Bank junction .

The RAC motoring body found that £9,713,499 had been recouped by the City of London Corporation by July 3.

With an average of 750 tickets being issued each weekday, the total since the scheme began in May last year is likely to have hit £10m, the RAC calculated.

The ban was introduced to improve cycle safety (GLENN COPUS )

The ban followed the death of cyclist Ying Tao, 26, who was crushed by a left-turning HGV at Bank as she rode to work in 2015.

Casualties have fallen by 52 per cent at the junction, and by 33 per cent in the wider area, according to the City Corporation.

Nicholas Lyes, RAC head of roads policy, said: “The fact that a penalty charge notice is on average being issued at a rate of one every 60 seconds suggests that signage in the lead-up to the junction is not clear enough.

Ying Tao, who was killed in a crash with a lorry at Bank (City of London Police)

"It may also be the case that some older satnav systems which have not been updated could still be sending unsuspecting drivers towards the junction.

“We’d urge the City of London to look carefully at signage because the sheer volume of PCNs [penalty charge notices] issued daily indicates many are being innocently caught out.

"On a positive note, however, it appears that the safety of all road users in and around the junction has improved.”

The figures, obtained under a Freedom of Information request, reveal that 210,182 tickets had been issued up until July 3. The ban on lorries, cars, taxis and vans is imposed from 7am to 7pm, Monday to Friday.

At its peak, almost 47,000 tickets were being issued a month, generating more than £1.75 million a month.Drivers pay £65 if the fines are paid within a fortnight.

More than 15,000 warning letters rather than fines were sent to drivers in the first fortnight of the scheme. The six-lane junction beside the Bank of England was the worst location in the City for road casualties. There has been only one serious injury since the ban.

A decision on whether to make the scheme permanent has been delayed until September 13. Funds raised from the fines are used for road maintenance or transport schemes.

A City of London spokeswoman said there had been an extensive awareness campaign and more than 100 road signs had been installed warning of the ban, in consultation with a signs expert.

She said: “The objective of the penalty charge notices is to act as a deterrent. Our end goal is to see 100 per cent compliance at the junction.”

Read more news of London on our site.

standard.co.uk
vehicles Bankjunction
If you notice an error, highlight the text you want and press Ctrl + Enter to report it to the editor
3 views in june
I recommend
No recommendations yet

Comments

Post your comment to communicate and discuss this article.

Society
An EE customer has said she was stalked by an ex-partner who worked at the firm, after he accessed her personal data without permission. Francesca Bonafede's number was switched to a new handset and her address and bank details were accessed. She said the company failed to take the data breach seriously and she had to involve police. EE "sincerely apologised" to Ms Bonafede, and said the employee no longer worked for the company. 'They didn't seem concerne...
Society
West Ham say they have handed over all of their evidence to the police after completing a "thorough and immediate" investigation into racist abuse shouted at Liverpool's Mohamed Salah. The incident happened during Monday's 1-1 draw at London Stadium. Egypt striker Salah, 26, was filmed on a mobile phone from a section of home supporters as he was taking a corner. "The club is unequivocal in its stance - such abuse will not be tolerated," West Ham said in a...
Society
A body seen in the wreckage of the plane carrying Cardiff City footballer Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson has been recovered, investigators said. Remotely operated Vehicles (ROVs) were used in ‘challenging conditions’ to pull the body out of the water ‘in as dignified a way as possible’ the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) said on Wednesday night. The body is being taken to Portland to be passed over to the Dorset coroner for examination, t...
Society
The US president, who has repeatedly criticised the military alliance, would meet with heads of state in London, Nato secretary general Jens Stoltenberg announced on Wednesday. It would be Mr Trump's second visit to Britain since his election, having jetted in amid swathes of protest last July. I am pleased to announce that allies have agreed that the next meeting of Nato heads of state and government will take place in London in December 2019. The meeting...
Society
Rolf Harris was jailed for five years and nine months in 2014 but released on licence in May 2017 Credit: PA Officials are investigating a report that disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris walked onto the grounds of a primary school and waved at pupils. The convicted sex offender went onto the premises of Oldfield Primary School near his home in Bray, Maidenhead, to talk to a sculptor working in the grounds, the Daily Mirror reported. Harris, who was jailed fo...
Crime
Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder after a teenager was stabbed to death. Police and London Ambulance Service were called to Wolsey Court, off Westbridge Road in Battersea, at 7.52pm on Tuesday following reports of a stabbing. A 19-year-old man was found with stab injuries and died at the scene at 8.36pm despite paramedics battling to save his life. The stabbing took place less than half a mile from Prince George's primary school, Thomas's B...
Society
The girl, who has been named Roman by nurses, was found at around 10pm on Thursday in the park in Roman Road in East Ham.  Police said Roman was wrapped in a white towel and placed in the shopping bag on the ground next to a bench in the small children's play park.  The baby was rushed to hospital where she was in a stable condition on Friday morning, the Metropolitan Police said.  Roman was discovered by grandmother-of-one Rima Zvaliauskiene, 50, just 100...
Society
The operation to recover the doomed plane carrying Emiliano Sala off Guernsey could be hampered by days of poor weather as the man brought in by the footballer's family to find him said he could be in the wreckage. The English Channel is being battered by torrential ran, 40mph winds and 10ft waves with the poor conditions set to continue - and worsen - until the end of the week, MailOnline can reveal today. The families of the £15million striker and his pi...
Society
Train passengers are being warned of major disruption after overhead electric wires were damaged near one of London’s busiest stations. Network Rail said services travelling to and from Liverpool Street could be cancelled or revised until 8am on Thursday. Wires between Liverpool Street and Bethnal Green, east London, were damaged, with the outage impacting Greater Anglia, London Overground, Stansted Express and Transport for London Rail services. Passenger...