Drivers fined £312k in Olympic lanes

Stat of the day: £312,000. That's how much money London drivers who may have popped into the Olympic lanes have paid out in fines.

by Michael Northcott
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013

The figure has been paid out collectively by around 2,500 drivers for using the 30 miles’ worth of roads that have been repainted with the Olympic rings and fitted with cameras that catch you out. The figure amounts to an average fine of around £130. Rather an expensive shortcut. 

The lanes were set up so that athletes and corporate sponsors' guests could sprint to and from the Olympic venues – Usain Bolt style - without getting held up in London’s notoriously heavy traffic. 

Whilst the lanes have been a pain in the neck for a lot of London drivers, there’s no escaping getting caught. Cameras that read your registration plate number and serve the penalty notice automatically are dotted all over the so-called Olympic Route Network.

So if you’re on your way to the Olympic park, the most logical route to East London may also be the most expensive trip you ever make in the capital…

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