Over £300,000 of Games Lanes fines

Fines totalling £312,000 have been handed out to drivers using the Olympic Games Lanes, according to Transport for London (TfL) figures.

Stretching for 30 miles (48km), the lanes are used to transport athletes, officials and the media around during the Games.

Warnings were issued to those who used them during the first six days following their introduction on July 25, as motorists got to grips with the system.

But since then 2,400 fines have been dished out at a cost of £130 a time.

"We are using the lanes flexibly and keeping them open to general traffic wherever and whenever we can," said Garrett Emmerson, TfL's chief operating officer for surface transport.

"We have no interest in unnecessarily penalising drivers and the overwhelming majority are following the requirement to stay out of Games Lanes when they are in use."

Transport chiefs insist the introduction of the lanes has "gone well", with a 98% compliance rate.

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