Fines for Refusal to Wear a Mask

Questions to the Mayor of London – answered on 8th January 2021.

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Photo of David Kurten David Kurten Brexit Alliance

To ask the Mayor how many people have been given fixed penalty notices for failing to wear a face covering on public transport and what has been the total value of the fines?

Photo of Sadiq Khan Sadiq Khan Mayor of London

Transport for London (TfL) began enforcing the requirement to wear face coverings on 4 July 2020. This followed an initial three weeks focusing on engagement and explanation of the new requirement by frontline staff and through extensive customer communications and behaviour change activity.

Between 4 July and 16 December, TfL has issued 1,389 Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs). The value of FPNs issued totals £236,600. FPNs must be paid within 28 days. If FPNs are paid within 14 days of the issue date, the penalty amount due is halved, unless an FPN for a laddered, in which case the full amount must be paid. Where an FPN is not paid within 28 days, TfL may issue court proceedings against the offender.