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New cameras to capture non-compliant goods vehicles at Rotherhithe Tunnel

New cameras are being introduced in the Rotherhithe Tunnel from early February to enforce vehicle restrictions around the clock.

Drivers whose vehicles do not comply should use Tower Bridge or the Blackwall Tunnel or they could be fined up to £130

Following recent analysis of the tunnel’s ventilation system, safety restrictions have been beefed up at the tunnel. Vehicles that are more than two metres (six foot six inches) wide or two metres high, or goods vehicles weighing more than 2 tonnes, are not safe to travel through the tunnel.

Enforcement officers have been present at both approaches to the tunnel since the new restrictions were and have been turning away an average of 600 vehicles a day since September.

However, from early February, enforcement will be carried out by the new cameras and people driving vehicles through the tunnel that do not comply with the restrictions could be fined up to £130.

Drivers whose vehicles do not meet the restrictions are advised to use nearby Tower Bridge or the Blackwall Tunnel to cross the Thames. The Congestion Charge does not apply to either crossing.

Glynn Barton, TfL’s director of network management, said: “I would encourage all users of the tunnel to check that their vehicle is below two metres in height and width, and that goods vehicles are less than two tonnes in weight, so that they are compliant when the new cameras are switched on.”

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.

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