Motorists Received £300,000 Games Lanes Fines image

The Transport for London announced it had penalized more than 2,400 motorists because they drove on the Olympic Route Network.

Almost 2,400 drivers have got £130 penalties, worth a total of £300,000, for staying into parts of the 109-mile Games Lanes reserved only for officials, athletes, VIPs and corporate sponsors.

“The operation of the Olympic Route Network (ORN) and Games Lanes has gone well. We have no interest in unnecessarily penalizing drivers and, with a very high compliance rate of around 98 per cent to date, the overwhelming majority are following the requirement to stay out of Games Lanes when they are in use,” said Garrett Emmerson, Chief Operating Officer for Surface Transport at TfL.

He also added that in the first six days the Games Lanes were put in function, drivers received warning notices rather than penalties, as officials gave motorists some time to become accustomed to them. The Games Lanes will be taken out tonight, August 14th, including the parking and stopping restrictions, and the loading bays and bus lanes will return to normal.

On August 29th officials will set the Paralympic Route Network, on the east of London. The Paralympic Games Lanes will be 8.7 miles long and will stretch between the International Paralympic Committee, the Olympic Park and other venues.