Drivers breaking restrictions on the Rotherhithe Tunnel have been fined more than £5 million in just seven months, TfL data reveals.
Motorists have faced a £130 fine since February last year for using the tunnel if their vehicle is more than two metres high and wide, or heavier than two tonnes.
Data published under Freedom of Information laws this month reveal the change cost drivers flouting the rules a whopping £5.4m between February and August.
During that period, February 4 to August 16, a massive 216,000 fines were issued to those breaking the size and weight rules according to the TfL data.
“The Rotherhithe Tunnel was built in 1908 and was not designed to cope with modern levels of traffic,” states TfL.
“These restrictions help to ensure that road users can continue to use the tunnel safely while we work on plans for the tunnel’s future.”
During the period the data covers, banned vehicles were only fined once per day, no matter how many trips it made through the tunnel according to TfL.
But since last month, drivers of banned vehicles could be fined for every single journey they make through the tunnel.
This is because “we’ve seen prohibited vehicles continue to make repeat offences,” says TfL.
Drivers of vehicles that do not meet these restrictions can use Tower Bridge or the Blackwall Tunnel.
Fines are £130, but are reduced to £65 if payed within two weeks. More details on the restrictions can be found here.