RM/CWU National Dog Awareness Week 2022 – Monday 4 July – Sunday 10 July 2022

RM/CWU National Dog Awareness Week 2022 – Monday 4 July – Sunday 10 July 2022:


Dog attacks remain a major safety hazard and concern for postmen and women across the UK.  As Royal Mail returns to ‘business as usual’ on deliveries, the trend is that dog attacks are on the increase with a number of serious attacks occurring in recent weeks and months. The key objectives of RMG/CWU Dog Awareness Week are to remind both the public to be aware of their responsibilities as a responsible dog owner and to remind our postal worker members not to drop their guard, to be alert to dog risks and be vigilant, keeping safe and taking no risks plus, not putting their fingers through the letterbox. The scale of the dog attack and dog bites through the letterbox problems across the UK should never be underestimated! Never think it’ll never happen to you! Too many CWU members have suffered the devastating, terrorising and painful effects of a savage dog attack. The physical and psychological injuries stay forever and many victims are no longer working on deliveries as a direct result of a serious, savage dog attack.

Shocking Statistics:

  • 33,000 dog attacks on postmen and women in the last 10 years.
  • 6 dog attacks on postal workers across the UK every day.
  • 32 dog attacks on postal workers every week.
  • 1,700 reported dog attacks on postal workers in 2021/22.
  • 450 dog bites through letterboxes every year.
  • 1000 postmen and women have had a finger of part fingers bitten off through the letterbox in the last 5 years.
  • 80% of dog attacks take place at the front door or on the garden footpath or drive.
  • Animal welfare experts have warned of an epidemic of dog attacks as the number of adults admitted to hospital for dog bites has tripled in the last 20 years and costs the NHS £75 million a year.
  • NHS data shows that more than 10,000 people a year need hospital treatment after a dog attack.
  • Alder Hay Hospital in Liverpool reported that the number of children admitted for dog attack injuries had surged by over 70%. 
  • The RSPCA are concerned that the number of dogs in the UK has surged by 4 million over the last three years.
  • There have been 56 recorded dog attack deaths in the UK from 1986 to 2022 and 5 people have already been mauled to death by dogs this year.

UK Dog Population – Dramatic Increase Report Researchers!

Recently published research and data has reported the proportion of UK people buying or
adopting dogs has increased dramatically. The Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association (PFMA) and ‘Statista’ Research and Analysis report that the UK dog population has substantially increased, confirming that around 3.5 million additional households in the UK have acquired a pet during the two-year pandemic period. Both organisations state that the population of dogs kept as pets in the United Kingdom (UK) is now estimated at 13 million in 2022, which constitutes a marked increase from a decade earlier in 2012, when the dog population in the UK was around 8 million.

Potentially Aggressive Dogs and Irresponsible Dog Owners

The worrying indications from this research are that over half of these animals have been isolated. Many of these dogs haven’t been trained or socialised, never having left their home and never having met other humans outside their own households. Many of these new dog owners now regret buying a dog and many want rid of them. These new dogs can be a risk to postal workers. Fear and nervousness towards strangers can result in aggression. More than a third (33%) of people who bought a dog during lockdown fear their dogs may bite a stranger as these dogs meet new people for the first time.

As we in the CWU know well – without responsible dog owners and without proper socialisation and training, these dogs can have serious behavioural problems, such as nervous behaviour, bad temperament, aggression and the risk of attacking people and postal workers is very real.  There could therefore be major consequences for CWU  members/postal workers making deliveries to homes and companies with these potentially aggressive dogs in the hands of irresponsible owners failing to control them – time will tell.

CWU Reps Actions, Activities and Messages to Members During The Week

The Health, Safety and Environment Department is calling on all CWU Reps to fully engage with and support the forthcoming 2022 ‘RM/CWU Dog Awareness Week’ to ensure that awareness is raised amongst our delivery workforce members regarding the very evident dangers out there in gardens and behind the street doors of millions of addresses across the UK and the growing risk of dog attacks and dog bites through the letterbox which is an area we are focusing on during Dog Awareness Week.

The key message to members needs to be loudly reinforced, reminding them that they must stay alert and vigilant at all times, be aware of dangerous dog hazards, take no risks and avoid any contact and interaction with dogs. Plus – ‘Don’t put your fingers through the letterbox!’ and follow the ‘AVOID’ approach.

The ‘AVOID’ Message to Members

During the week, the CWU HQ Health, Safety & Environment Department want all CWU Reps, especially Safety Reps and Delivery Reps campaigning hard to reinforce the messages to members to follow the Safe System of Work and the ‘AVOID’ principles at all times:

‘AVOID’ and Stay Safe

  • Avoid interacting with any dogs. Over 80% of dog attacks happen at a customer’s door
    or in their garden so take no risks. Don’t enter a premises if dogs are running lose and never put your fingers through a letterbox.
  • Never accept a dog owner’s assurances – always ask owners to restrain their dogs
    and step away.
  • Value yourself – it could happen to you – don’t think it can’t!
  • Observe – check your Walk Log and mark your frame with yellow dots.
  • Inform – report all new dogs to your manager. Report all incidents involving dogs no
    matter how minor.
  • Defend – use your delivery equipment (pouch or trolley) to form a barrier and defend
    yourself if necessary.

Dog Awareness Week SHE WTLLs/Huddles

See attached three SHE WTLLs/Huddles which will be briefed to the workforce during Dog Awareness Week. These are:

  • SHE Huddle FY22 039 – For the Delivery and Collection Workforce with five daily messages (Fingers through the letterbox, At the doorstep, In the garden, On the street and Reporting Dog hazards).
  • SHE Huddle FY22 039b – For the Processing and Distribution Workforce asking these members to support the campaign aims and assist with awareness raising and communicating the key campaign messages to customers.
  • SHE Huddle FY22 039c – For the Parcelforce Delivery and Collection Workforce with five daily Messages (Fingers through the letterbox, At the doorstep, In the garden, On the street and Reporting Dog hazards).

Plasma Screens

During Dog Awareness Week, 7 different campaign slides will be shown across the UK in every unit.  Copies are attached.

Campaign Posters

Two Dog Awareness Week campaign posters have been produced. One for internal use for display in units, focusing on the ‘Dog Bite Through the Letterbox’ – strongly promoting the message “Never Put Your Fingers Through The Letterbox” with some hard hitting images and statistics.

The external poster with a combination of customer advice and warning messages: – Firstly, “Please Help Prevent Dog Attacks on RM Staff.” Secondly, “What Could Happen To The Postie.” Thirdly, “What Could Happen To The Customer” – delivery suspension, prosecution, dog destroyed.

Dog Awareness Week Postmark

To support the Dog Awareness Week campaign, Royal Mail will again this year be franking all mail with a special ‘Dog Awareness Week’ postmark.

Dog Behind The Letter Box Warning Card

See attached copy of the ‘Dog Behind the Letterbox’ Warning Card which has several uses; firstly, to place in prep sorting frame slots to warn delivery staff of addresses with dogs, secondly, to put with bundles due to be delivered where dog hazards reside and thirdly, as handouts to warn, remind and raise awareness of delivery members of the message “DON’T PUT YOUR FINGERS THROUGH THE LETTERBOX” A copy is attached.

Dog Awareness Week Support Video by Dr Carri Westgarth Liverpool University Dog Expert:

Dr. Carri Westgarth BSc MPH PhD is a Senior Lecturer in Human-Animal Interaction at the University of Liverpool and is an expert in the field of ‘contact between dogs and people’. She is the author of the book ‘The Happy Dog Owner’ (2021). Dr. Westgarth is a member of the Association of Pet Behaviour Counsellors and teaches dog training classes. Dr. Westgarth is also a member of the ‘Merseyside Dog Safety Partnership’ and works with Merseyside Police, local authorities and the CWU and Unite/CMA across Merseyside and Cheshire. Watch a short video by Dr. Westgarth talking about Royal Mail Group/CWU Dog Awareness Week and supporting the messages we are communicating to dog owning customers:

Volunteers Wanted To Engage The Local Community And Schools

The SHE Huddles/Briefings will also appeal for volunteers who are prepared to engage with their local community. There is a Schools Presentation which is available to access and use. It can be used in local primary schools to raise awareness of responsible dog ownership and what our customers can do to help protect Royal Mail and Parcelforce workers. This is something CWU Reps may consider taking up. There is a link in the Huddle documents.

Dog Awareness Week Resources

  • SHE Huddles x 3
  • Plasma Screen Slides – Screen Shots x 7
  • Posters x 2 (One Internal use and One External use)
  • Dog Behind The Letter Box Warning Card

Dog Awareness Week Campaign Messages Summary:The Message for Customers is:

  • Help us prevent dog attacks on postal workers.
  • Be considerate and a responsible
    dog owner and work with Royal Mail
    and your local postman or
  • Postal workers have been heroes
    during the pandemic – keeping the
    postal service going and keeping the
    country connected.
  • Put the dog in another secure room
    before opening the door to collect
    the mail and parcels. Never open the door with the dog behind you or running lose in the house as you can’t see what it’s going to do and you may not be able to react quick enough.
  • Occupy the dog with food or a toy whilst the mail is being delivered.
  • Don’t let children open the door, the
    dog can push past them and attack
    the postman with the child having
    little chance of controlling the dog.
  • Don’t let the dog roam free in the
    garden when the mail is being
    delivered – if you must do this then
    fit a postbox on the perimeter gate
    or fence.
  • If your dog attacks or snatches the
    mail when it comes through the door
    fit a letterbox cage to protect the
    postman’s fingers and protect your
  • Finally – ensure your dog is
    microchipped and wears a collar and
    tag – it’s a legal requirement and
    you can be fined up to £5000 if you

The Message to Delivery Staff is:

  • Follow ‘AVOID’.
  • Take no risks – zero tolerance
    is the policy of Royal Mail and the
    CWU and we will pursue the
    prosecution of any owner who’s dog
    attacks and injures a postal worker.
  • The Dog population has increased to
    13 million during the pandemic and
    many of the dogs are with new
    owners and haven’t been socialised
    and could pose a risk – we don’t yet
    know where they all are.
  • Never assume a dog won’t bite.
  • Never take the word of an owner
    that the dog won’t bite either.
  • Step back when delivering a parcel
    or packet.
  • At the Delivery Office make sure
    that all dog hazards are on the Walk
    Risk Assessment Platform (WRAP)/Offsite Risk Assessment(ORA)
    and that the Walk Log is up to date
    and check it!
  • Mark the preparation sorting frame
    with yellow dots indicating the
    addresses where there are dogs.
  • Mark the mail with a ‘D’ to remind
    you of addresses with dogs that
    could be a problem whilst you are on
    the delivery round.

(*IMPORTANT: All Dog Attacks Must Be Reported to the Manager, Police and Royal
Mail Security Helpdesk – This is the only way to stop future dog attacks happening).

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

22LTB292 RM CWU National Dog Awareness Week 2022 – Monday 4 July – Sunday 10 July 2022

SHE Huddle FY22 039 Dog Awareness Delivery and Collections

SHE Huddle FY22 039b Dog Awareness Non-Ops Colleagues

SHE Huddle FY22 039c Dog Awareness Parcelforce

AVOID Plasma Screen Slides

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BT Group – National Industrial Action Ballot Result

BT Group – National Industrial Action Ballot Result

Please find attached a copy of the declaration of the result for the recent industrial action ballot of CWU members employed by BT plc, EE Ltd and Openreach Ltd.

The current legislation requires the union to provide all persons entitled to vote in the ballot and the relevant employers “as soon as is reasonably practicable” after receiving the declaration of the result for the ballot with the following information:

  1. The number of individuals who were entitled to vote in the ballot.
  2. The number of votes cast in the ballot.
  3. The number of individuals answering “Yes” to the question.
  4. The number of individuals answering “No” to the question.
  5. The number of spoiled or otherwise invalid voting papers returned.
  6. Whether or not the number of votes cast in the ballot is at least 50% of the number of individuals who were entitled to vote in the ballot. 

Therefore, the ballot results for BT plc and Openreach Ltd meet the required threshold. Unfortunately, in EE Ltd the threshold was not met.

Accordingly, you must now take immediate steps to publicise the result to all relevant members, however it is essential that any communications regarding the result must be as a minimum contain the information as detailed at items a) to f) inclusively above.

Branches are also reminded that only the National Executive Committee have the authority to instruct members to take industrial action.

Further information regarding the next steps of the dispute will be circulated by the DGS (T&FS) in due course.

Any enquiries regarding this Letter to Branches should be addressed to the  Deputy General Secretary’s Department on telephone number 020 8971 7237, or email address sdgs@cwu.org

Yours sincerely,Tony Kearns

Senior Deputy General SecretaryAndy Kerr

Deputy General Secretary (T&FS)

Dave Ward
General Secretary

LTB 291.2022 – BT Group – National Industrial Action Ballot Result (00000003)

BT Ballot Results

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Branches are advised that the further meeting at Acas in relation to the Capita TVL pay dispute scheduled for Tuesday 28th June unfortunately had to be postponed due to illness (Senior Capita manager) and will now take place on Monday 4thJuly.  With the ongoing Cost of Living crisis, it is hoped progress can be made at this meeting.

Capita Group Trading Update – Wednesday 29th June 2022

Capita Group released a Market Update earlier today (attached) on the Group’s first half performance, which was “in line with expectations and on track for the full year”.  The report included the following upbeat statement regarding the recent (February 2022) BBC TVL Contract win worth £456m for the next five years.

“We have won a number of significant contracts in the first half, including the renewal of the BBC TV licencing contract (£456m), an extension of our PCSE contract (£94m) and further work for the Northern Ireland Education Authority (£51m)”

We will be drawing upon this in the Acas talks to demonstrate a much better offer should be forthcoming, especially as the contract renewal was secured due to the high quality performance of our members.

Reps Briefing – Tuesday 5thJuly

Finally, we have arranged a face to face meeting with our Capita Reps on Tuesday 5th July during which I will elaborate on the Acas discussions the previous day.  I will of course be reporting back to the Postal Executive, who will determine next steps.

Further developments will be reported.

Yours sincerely

Andy Furey
Assistant Secretary

22LTB290 Capita TVL – Pay 2022 – Acas Meeting Monday 4th July

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POL/CWU – Driving Safely in Bright Sunlight and Sun Glare Conditions – Driver and Road Safety Campaign

POL/CWU – Driving Safely in Bright Sunlight and Sun Glare Conditions – Driver and Road Safety Campaign:

Sun Glare:

The UK’s major motoring organisations, the AA and RAC along with a number of road safety analysts have urged drivers to take care in the present bright sunny conditions and to be very aware of the effects of ‘sun glare’.

The experts warn that it’s important for drivers to be on guard for the adverse effects of ‘sun glare’ while driving, whether this is through wearing sunglasses with UV protection which can protect drivers from extreme brightness whilst driving on bright sunny days or by removing any shiny objects from the dashboard or lowering the sun visors.

According to the AA, sun glare was one of the main causes of road traffic accidents and they advise that “the right pair of sunglasses can help prevent the risk of accidents by allowing drivers to focus on the road better as they get to their destination.” They advise that drivers have a responsibility to drive with care and attention, and need to be on alert for anything that can affect their ability to do that.

The RAC advise that drivers who don’t wear suitable sunglasses to protect against the dazzling effects of the sun may be inadvertently putting the safety of all roads users at risk.

As the UK summer heats up, it’s now even more important that drivers should wear appropriate eyewear to protect themselves against glare and keep themselves and other road users safe.

Road Traffic Accidents:

The Department for Transport report that bright, dazzling sunlight is as a contributory factor in around 3,000 road accidents a year, some fatal.

Driving Without Due Care and Attention Consequences:

The consequences of not driving safely due to being blinded by the sun – whether that’s as a result of not wearing sunglasses, not using a vehicle’s sun visor or not slowing down or pulling over – are severe.  If a police officer deems that a driver is driving without due care and attention they can be faced with an on-the-spot fine of £100 and three penalty points on their driving licence. In particularly serious cases, police have the power to take the matter to court, where a fine could rise to £5,000.

Highway Code:

The advice, according to Rule 237 of the Highway Code, is for drivers to slow down or pull over if they become “dazzled by bright sunlight.” This means that, although it’s not a legal requirement to drive wearing sunglasses in bright conditions, a driver could be breaking the law if they don’t slow down or stop if they have become temporarily blinded by the sun.

Choosing The Right Sunglasses:

When it comes to choosing sunglasses it’s essential the right pair are chosen, as some are too dark and can severely hamper driving. For example, category four sunglasses are illegal to wear when driving as they let less than 8% of light through the lenses, while variable tint lenses should also be avoided behind the wheel. UK sunglasses should be labelled with a category, so avoid category four glasses that should also be marked as ‘not suitable for driving and road use.’

Additional Eye Health Advice:

Additionally, eye specialists advise that exposing the eyes to bright sunlight for too long, risks developing sun-related eye diseases. Cataracts, pterygium, glaucoma, and macular degeneration can start inflicting damage in the eyes if a person is not wearing the right sunglasses. Skin cancer can also develop because the skin around your eyes gets exposed to the hot sun as well. Clinical evidence shows that about 10 percent of diagnosed skin cancers occur next to the eyes.

RAC and AA Top Tips:

  • Have a thorough eye examination every two years.
  • Discuss the options for sun and glare protection with an optician.
  • Consider a specialist driving lens or tint.
  • Be aware that everyday sunglasses might not be suitable for driving.
  • Always keep a spare pair of driving sunglasses in the vehicle.
  • Keep the vehicle windscreen clean – including the inside.
  • Remove reflective or shinny items and materials from the dashboard.
  • If blinded by the sun, slow down immediately.
  • If driving at sunset, anticipate the effects of glare on you and other drivers.

Joint POL/CWU Driver Safety Awareness Campaign:  

A joint POL/CWU Driver Safety Awareness Campaign has today been launched through the attached communication to all POL CVIT Supply Chain Depots for cascading to fleet drivers and will be circulated to all other drivers as part of the awareness raising initiative so as to highlight the ‘Sun Glare Dazzle Danger’.

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

22LTB289 POL CWU – Driving Safely in Bright Sunlight and Sun Glare Conditions – Driver and Road Safety Campaign

AA highlights sun dazzle danger

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Bowel Cancer: Be Aware of the Common Symptoms

Bowel Cancer: Be Aware of the Common Symptoms:

Bowel cancer is one of the most common types of Cancer diagnosed in the UK.

It’s also called colorectal cancer, and it affects the large bowel, which is made up of the colon and rectum.

Most people affected by bowel cancer are over the age of 50, but it can affect younger people also.

Bowel Cancer UK reported last year that half the population were unaware of bowel cancer symptoms.

But being aware of the symptoms of bowel cancer is important, as it can help people get diagnosed early, allowing them to access treatment sooner.

What are the symptoms of bowel cancer?

The NHS says that more than 90% of people with bowel cancer have one of the following combinations of symptoms:

  • A persistent change in bowel habit—going to the toilet more and more often, with loose, diarrhea.
  • Blood in the stools without other symptoms of piles (haemorrhoids).
  • Tummy, abdominal pain, discomfort or bloating always brought on by eating.

The NHS says that constipation is rarely caused by a serious bowel condition.

In some cases, bowel cancer can cause bowel obstruction, which is when digestive waste can’t pass through the bowel. Symptoms of bowel obstruction include the following:

  • Intermittent, and occasionally severe, abdominal pain always brought on by eating.
  • Unintentional weight loss with persistent abdominal pain.
  • Constant swelling of the tummy with abdominal pain.
  • Being sick with constant abdominal swelling.

The NHS recommends seeing a GP if you have any of the symptoms of bowel cancer for three weeks or more. If you have any symptoms of bowel obstruction, you should go to A&E.

What are the risks and causes of bowel cancer?

The risk of developing bowel cancer depends on a number of factors, including age, genetics, and lifestyle.

Cancer Research UK says eating too much red and processed meat or eating too little fibre can increase your risk of bowel cancer. Being overweight or obese, smoking, and drinking alcohol are also risk factors.

Family history can also impact your risk of bowel cancer. Cancer Research UK advise that a person’s risk of bowel cancer is increased if they have a first-degree relative (parent, sibling, child) diagnosed with bowel cancer.

Some medical conditions, including bowel conditions, can also increase the risk of bowel cancer.

Most bowel cancers develop from pre-cancerous growths, called polyps. But not all polyps develop into cancer. If your doctor finds any polyps, they can be removed to prevent them becoming cancerous – but early treatment is essential – it can be life-saving!

Cancer cells may stay in the bowel or they might spread to other parts of the body, like the liver or lungs. Again early diagnosis and treatment can cure the problem – if left untreated, it can be too late and become terminal!

Facts and figures about bowel cancer – How common is bowel cancer?

  • Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK and the second biggest cancer killer.
  • Nearly 43,000 people are diagnosed with bowel cancer every year in the UK.
  • Around 268,000 people living in the UK today have been diagnosed with bowel cancer.
  • More than nine out of ten new cases (94%) are diagnosed in people over the age of 50, and nearly six out of ten cases (59%) are diagnosed in people aged 70 or over. But bowel cancer can affect anyone of any age. More than 2,600 new cases are diagnosed each year in people under the age of 50.
  • 1 in 15 men and 1 in 18 women will be diagnosed with bowel cancer during their lifetime.

How many people survive bowel cancer?

Bowel cancer is treatable and curable especially if diagnosed early.  Nearly everyone survives bowel cancer if diagnosed at the earliest stage. However, this drops significantly if it is left untreated and the disease develops. Early diagnosis really does save lives 

More than 16,500 people die from bowel cancer in the UK every year. It is the second biggest cancer killer in the UK.

Early diagnosis and treatment is vital.


  • What is Bowel Cancer Leaflet
  • Knowing The Symptoms of Bowel Cancer Poster

For more information, visit:

Footnote: Dame Deborah James:

Dame Deborah James – Inspirational podcast host and mother-of-two, yesterday died aged 40 after a battle with Bowel cancer. In 2016, she was diagnosed with incurable bowel cancer and went on to co-host the ‘You, Me and the Big C’ podcast on BBC Radio 5 about her struggles with her illness. The UK wide well known campaigner touched the nation and raised over £6 million for cancer research. Deborah passed away peacefully surrounded by her family. Deborah had recently completed her second book, titled “How To Live When You Could Be Dead” which is due to be published on August 18.The CWU wishes to add its name to those expressing their condolences and paying tribute to Deborah James.

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

22LTB288 Bowel Cancer Be Aware of the Common Symptoms



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Warning to All Drivers as New Cycle Lane Law Comes Into Force This Week With £160 Fixed Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) Fines

Warning to All Drivers as New Cycle Lane Law Comes Into Force This Week With £160 Fixed Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) Fines:

Drivers in London who are caught in a cycle lane will from this week face a £160 fine under a new law change. New powers given to the Transport for London Authority and other London boroughs mean that they will be able to fine drivers who cross the solid white lines marking cycle lanes and tracks instead of just the police, from Monday 27 June. Previously, only the police enforced cycle lane offences.

The Government has provided the new powers to local authorities, which allows them to fine motorists who infringe on cycle lanes and cycle tracks, in the same way that they currently do with bus lanes and yellow box junctions.

In a statement TfL said “The aim of the new rules is to ensure cyclists and permitted e-scooter users are kept safe and that it will make the capital more green.  Cycle lanes play a vital role in keeping people cycling separated from most motor traffic, reducing the risk of collisions, which can cause death and serious injury. Protecting designated space for cyclists is essential in keeping them safe and improving confidence to cycle. TfL wants to ensure a green and sustainable future for London, and to do this the authority aims to continue to make walking and cycling round the city safe and accessible to all Londoners. It is hoped that by protecting users of greener travel, it will encourage more people to take up more sustainable modes of transport.” TfL added that it would be enforcing the new rules as part of its ‘Cycling Action Plan and Vision Zero’ goal, which aims to eliminate death and serious injury on London’s roads.

Under the new rules only cyclists and rental e-scooters within a trial area will be legally permitted to use the lanes, with motorbikes, scooters and other e-scooters not allowed.

The new rules and offences will be implemented and policed by existing CCTV cameras in key locations to deter drivers contravening the road safety rules.

The fines will be handed out to vehicles that drive within, or cross, cycle lanes marked by a solid white line.

Local authorities in England outside the capital have also been given the right to apply for the same powers to issue fines for traffic offences, such as stopping in a yellow box junction and making illegal U-turns etc. Some councils across England have already adopted similar rules for safety reasons.

London authorities, along with Cardiff council, can already issue fines for other traffic offences, such as driving down a “no entry” road.

However, for the first six months of operation, cycle lane offenders will only receive a warning before the ‘Penalty Charge Notice (PCN)’ fines start being issued.

TfL will issue fines at the same level as other red route penalty charge notices, meaning the £160 fine will be halved to £80 if paid within two weeks.

Yours sincerely

Dave Joyce
National Health, Safety & Environment Officer

22LTB287 Warning to All Drivers as New Cycle Lane Law Comes Into Force This Week With £160 Fixed Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) Fines

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Further to LTB285/22 dated 27thJune 2022.  Following the two weeks’ legal notice served to Post Office yesterday for strike action on 11th July for Crown Offices, we received a significant amount of media attention, which led to a number of radio interviews (including BBC Radio 5 Live) as well as press articles.  The following links refer to some of the key stories:




Post Office Signals Potential Move Towards an Agreement

22LTB286 Post Office – Pay Dispute 2021-22 – Official Strike Monday 11th July (Crowns) – Press & Media Coverage

The response from Post Office in the media to the Union serving notice for further strike action was revealing assuming they weren’t being disingenuous.  Specifically Post Office stated they “remain hopeful that we can reach a pay agreement soon”.  This appears to signal that management are now prepared to negotiate in a meaningful way and we have written to them seeking confirmation of this.  For these words to become a reality it will require them to move away from the pay freeze position for 2021/22 and to make a markedly improved offer for 2022/23.

We hope Post Office means what it says and that good progress will be made when we meet on Thursday 30th June.  Further developments will be reported.

Yours sincerely

Andy Furey
Assistant Secretary

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National officer, Davie Robertson with a message for Processing, Distribution, International & RMSS members 27/6/22

Ahead of the dispatch of ballot papers tomorrow, here’s a message for our Processing, Distribution, International & RMSS members from national officer, Davie Robertson – Please share


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