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Police in Richmond crack down on red light jumping cyclists - and drivers

£50 fine if you're caught going through red on a bike - do it in a car, and it's £100 plus 3 points...

Police in Richmond-upon-Thames have announced a crackdown on motorists and cyclists who break the law by ignoring red traffic lights.

Drivers flouting the rules face a fine of £100 and having their licence endorsed with three penalty points, while those on bikes doing so will be fined £50, reports

Chief Superintendent Colin Kennedy said police would take a zero-tolerance approach to those driving or riding through red lights.

"We are not anti-cycling or anti-motorist,” he explained. “However, safety must always come first.

"Officers will have discretion in assessing pavement cycling but there will be zero tolerance of anyone, including motorists, who chooses to ignore a red light.

“An offence will result in a £100 fine and three points on a driving licence or a £50 fine for cyclists," he added.

Some newspaper columnists are fond of portraying all cyclists as Lycra-clad law-breakers who never stop at a red light.

But as Twitter user @beztweets points out, in a consultation into proposed works at Oval junction in South London published this month by Transport for London says: r“esearch has shown that more motorists pass through red lights compared to cyclists.”

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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