I suspect like most fare paying passengers, I’m pretty supportive of TfL and Boris Johnson’s decision to increase penalties for fare dodgers but I’m a little less sure I agree with reducing penalties for those paying fines quickly.
It’s important any system is fair but I don’t see why someone who has taken the decision to help themselves to a free ride should then have the option of a discounted fine.
On the subject of penalties, a few readers have been in touch over the lack of coverage of Boris falling foul of the congestion charge and having to pay a fine. Truth be told, I felt it was a non-story and unworthy of the widespread coverage it got.
On roughly the same note, news of Boris being investigated over the Damian Green inquiry reached me after I’d started an early weekend and wasn’t around to cover it on the day. Again, I don’t consider it the major development others do and suspect it’s pretty unlikely to go anywhere.
On the other hand, some London Assembly Tories must now be regretting enjoying the inquiry into Ken Livingstone quite as much as they did.