DRIVERS could face a whopping £70 fine for a common mistake from next month.
Councils across England and Wales are being given new powers to charge drivers with a range of traffic offences.
On May 31, councils will be given new powers to fine motorists of up to £70 for minor traffic offences.
That includes driving in CYCLE lanes – an offense Brits can catch if they’re not careful.
Currently only the police can enforce this – but new surveillance cameras will notify council officials of any offenders.
The new powers will also see motorists fined if they stop at yellow-box junctions and make illegal turns when they shouldn’t.
Auto experts have warned the changes could mean drivers being handed “misissued” fines, which then have to be appealed.
The Department for Transport said this increased surveillance will allow buses to run more punctually and protect cyclists.
The RAC has claimed that many motorists will be unfairly penalized if the government fails to improve their design and guidelines for crossings.
Nicholas Lyes, the RAC’s head of road policy, said: “Without definitive guidance on the design, maintenance and enforcement of box junctions, there will be a high level of confusion among drivers and local authorities.
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“[It] could lead to an avalanche of fines that are wrongly issued and then have to be appealed.
“This will inevitably lead to an unnecessarily high number of appeals for scrutiny by local authorities, as well as some poor results for drivers.
“We fear that failure to update the guidance to include the lessons learned from more than 15 years of enforcement in London will result in countless spurious fines, endless unnecessary stress for drivers who feel unfairly treated and thousands of wasted council hours to investigate objections.”
Last year, motorists rampaged over a £102million cycle lane system that has made roads “too narrow” for emergency services.
Paramedics have been forced to install six-inch raised curbs to take dying people to the emergency department in Bournemouth, Dorset, after cycle-only lanes were extended.
The road – a direct route to Bournemouth Hospital, close to the A347 – has been narrowed as part of a £102million Transforming Cities scheme to encourage eco-friendly travel through south-east Dorset.
But the plan has been branded a “waste of money” by angry locals who claim ambulances and fire engines can no longer fit through.
Blue light workers now have to weave through the backlog of rush-hour traffic, with images showing tire tracks on the concrete curb from where drivers were forced to climb it.
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