Police and Transport for London prepare to increase enforcement against motorists who ignore Advanced Stop Lines

The Metropolitan Police and Transport for London are preparing to increase enforcement against motorists who ignore Advanced Stop Lines (photo: Toby Jacobs).

This week, 60,000 leaflets are being handed out to motorists at key junctions telling them to respect Advanced Stop Lines or face a £60 fine and three points on their licence.

The on-street education for motorists is being accompanied by targeted advertising to taxi and bus drivers, and a Transport for London source has told us: “We expect a shift into an ‘enforcement’ phase soon, at locations to be determined by intelligence.” 

LCC’s road danger expert Charlie Lloyd said:

“Police data shows that around two-thirds of collisions involving cyclists and motorists are the fault of the motorist, and sustained enforcement of Advanced Stop Lines, as well as other serious motoring offences, is essential to reduce the harm caused to people riding bicycles.”

While ASLs alone can’t make a dangerous junction safe, there’s substantial evidence that giving cyclists space at the front of junctions reduces risk by making them more visible to motorists and giving extra time for them to pull away.

Advanced Stop Lines, also know as ASLs or bike boxes, are areas on the carriageway at the front junctions provided solely for cyclists, marked by a bicycle symbol.

ASLs in London are frequently obstructed by cars, buses, lorries and motorbikes, negating much of the safety benefit they provide.

The Highway Code says a motor vehicle may cross an ASL only when the traffic light is yellow or green, but not when the light is red, in which case the driver would be liable to an on-the-spot punishment.

Driver found not guilty after running over bicycle in ASL

Garry Meakins has been found not guilty of dangerous driving and causing actual bodily harm even though a witness spoke in court how he drove his van into a victim who had to leap clear as his bicycle was crushed under the wheels of the defendant’s van.

The jury heard that the victim and the defendant had been involved in an exchange of words in the moments before the incident, an argument that centred around the van illegally encroaching into the ASL.

When the lights turned green, the witness said Meakins drove his van into the cyclist, who narrowly escaped injury, but a jury decided there was no intent to cause harm on the part of the driver.

The case was reported by the witness on the LFGSS forum.


  • By anita at 1:16pm 5 July 2013

Seeing the police issuing fines to themselves for stopping on Advanced Stop Lines will be fun! I regularly witness police cars parked on ASLs at traffic lights: I'll attach relevant photographs as soon as I find out how. Anita Frizzarin

  • By anita at 1:28pm 5 July 2013

That would explain the Community Support officer at Stockwell Road on Thursday morning then with a huge pile of leaflets.  

I didn't see him handing any out though - despite a motorcycle filtering down the outside of the traffic and stopping right in front of him in the ASL - thereby blocking entry to any cyclist filtering down the outside.  

We understand why there's some cynicism, but we should also be prepared to support the police/TfL in their attempt to change dangerous practices. It's a shame it's been left so long, as it's difficult to change habits that have become so ingrained in London's motorists.

  • By anita at 2:10pm 5 July 2013

How do I get hold of some of those leaflets so I can distribute them to the police when they are parked on ASLs?

  • By JohnR at 9:17pm 5 July 2013

I have a clear memory of asking a police motor cyclist who stopped alongside me in an ASL on the Lower Richmond Road at Putney bridge whether ASLs were reserved for cyclists. His answer was a succinct 'Fuck off' and then he drove away.

  • By Alison at 8:34pm 8 July 2013

You should have taken his number and reported him - to the police! However in view of the recent relevations about the integrity of the Met maybe think again..........!!

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