152 TfL passengers fined for not wearing mask on FIRST DAY of rules

152 TfL passengers fined up to £200 for not wearing mask on FIRST DAY of new rules: Dozens of bus, rail and Tube riders charged in first 24 hours and over 5,000 people told to cover face

  • TfL staff handed out 152 fixed penalty notices to passengers across its services
  • They also had to remind more than 5,000 people to don face coverings Tuesday
  • Over 100 had to be booted off TfL services and a further 127 stopped getting on
  • It comes as photographs from rush hour today show streams of maskless riders

Transport for London fined more than 150 passengers for not wearing a mask on the first day new Covid laws came into effect.

Staff dished out 152 fixed penalty notices to customers across its services in the capital on Tuesday.

They also had to remind more than 5,000 people to don face coverings on its Tubes, buses, rail, DLR and trams.

Meanwhile over 100 passengers had to be booted off TfL services and a further 127 were stopped from getting on.

It comes as pictures from rush hour this morning showed streams of maskless riders among commuters on the Tube.

Meanwhile revellers in London have been warned of ‘severe disruption’ to the Night Tube this weekend as drivers stage a second round of strikes.

Staff dished out 152 fixed penalty notices to customers across its services in the capital on Tuesday. Pictured: The Tube today

They also had to remind more than 5,000 people to don face coverings on its Tubes, buses, rail, DLR and trams. Pictured: The Tube today

Meanwhile over 100 passengers had to be booted off TfL services and a further 127 were stopped from getting on. Pictured: The Tube today

TfL released Tuesday’s figures for those fined on its services across the capital on Thursday morning.

It showed staff were forced to hand out 152 fixed penalty notices to people who did not comply by the new rules.

It means they have been charged £200 – reduced to £100 if paid in 14 days – which doubles each time someone is caught to a maximum of £6,400.

Meanwhile 5,101 people had to be told to put a mask on in what TfL termed ‘customer interventions’.

As many as 125 customers had to be booted off services for refusing to put one on and 127 were prevented from getting on at all.

It had been TfL policy for riders to wear a face covering before Tuesday, but the government’s new laws meant people can now be prosecuted for it.

It comes as pictures from rush hour this morning showed streams of maskless riders among commuters on the Tube

TfL released Tuesday’s figures for those fined on its services across the capital on Thursday morning. Pictured: The Tube today

It showed staff were forced to hand out 152 fixed penalty notices to people who did not comply by the new rules. Pictured: The Tube today

Despite the apparent crackdown on rulebreakers, pictures from the London Underground this morning showed streams of maskless travellers.

One image showed three sitting in a row next to each other on the Jubilee line into the city centre.

Another featured just one man sitting defiantly without a face covering on while the rest of the carriage was masked.

It comes as travellers in London were warned of ‘severe disruption’ to the Night Tube this weekend as drivers stage a second round of strikes in a row over rosters.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport union will walk out for eight hours on Friday and Saturday on the Central and Victoria lines, where the Night Tube is due to run.

The weekend overnight service, introduced in 2016, was suspended last year because of the pandemic and resumed last weekend, although it was disrupted by industrial action.

Despite the apparent crackdown on rulebreakers, pictures from the London Underground this morning showed streams of maskless travellers. Pictured: London Bridge Station yesterday

Pictured: British Transport Police at London Bridge Station yesterday morning stop a man for not wearing a face covering

The union claims Transport for London has ‘ripped up’ an agreement on drivers being allowed to choose whether to work on night services.

Further strikes are planned in the run-up to Christmas. TfL said drivers will only work four nights a year, adding that new rosters have been agreed by other unions.

Nick Dent, London Underground’s director of customer operations, said: ‘We’re urging Night Tube customers to check before they travel this weekend ahead of more disruptive RMT strike action on the Central and Victoria lines.

‘While I’m pleased we managed to run a safe and regular service on the Night Tube last weekend despite strike action, there is still a chance of severe disruption this weekend and up to Christmas.

‘We’ve been in talks with the RMT for months to try and avoid this needless strike action.

‘I apologise to customers for the disruption they may face and urge the RMT to continue talks with us, rather than threatening London with further strikes at a crucial time for its recovery.’

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