1,552 people have been fined for not wearing public transport in London since the rules were reintroduced

More than 1,500 people have been fined for not wearing face masks on London’s transport network since the mandate was reinstated, while tens of thousands of people were stopped by authorities.

New figures show that fines of up to £ 200 have been issued to 1,552 people since November 30, according to Transport to London (TfL).

Mandatory face coverings were reintroduced on public transport at the end of last year due to concerns about the increased proliferation of the Omicron variant of Covid-19.

However, the number of fines is only a fraction of the 42,377 people stopped by law enforcement on London’s transport network for not wearing a mask.

Commuters, most wearing face masks to mitigate the spread of Covid-19, travel by the London Underground (Photo: AFP)

A total of 2,146 passengers were prevented from boarding TfL services – which include the underground, the underground, buses and the Dockland Light Railway – and 900 people were asked to leave services or stations due to their refusal.

City Hall said many people complied with the rule by having their face covered from their bag or pocket when stopped.

TfL services include Underground, Underground, Buses, Docklands Light Railway, Trams and TfL Rail.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said: “I have consistently called for the reintroduction of legal requirements for wearing facewear on public transport, which is why I welcomed the Government’s decision of 30 November.

“These rules give TfL, as well as the police, the power to prevent non-compliant customers from entering stations and boarding services. TfL can now issue a fixed fine of £ 200 for a first offense.”

He added that 500 officers, including members of the British Transport Police and the Metropolitan Police, had been assigned stations to enforce face-cover rules.

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