Public Spaces Protection Order to ban the use of motorised vehicles along the pedestrianised parts of the Thames Path.
In response to feedback from local residents, we've introduced a new Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) to tackle speeding and dangerous traffic behaviours along the Thames Path.
The new PSPO will cover the area outlined on the below map and comes into force from 18 October 2023 until 17 October 2026.
Map of area covered by Thames Path PSPO
What are the restrictions?
From Wednesday 18 October, you are prohibited from using motorcycles, electric scooters, and other motorised vehicles along the pedestrianised parts of the Thames Path.
Any electric bicycle that does not meet the requirements of an electrically assisted pedal cycles (EAPC) is classed as a motorcycle or moped, and is hence prohibited.
Other vehicles prohibited include:
- electric scooters
- quad bicycles
Exemptions apply to:
- Disabled people and anyone with long term health conditions or restricted mobility who uses an electric powered vehicle as a mobility aid
- parents or caregivers using electric powered bike to transport children. The child must be present for this exemption to apply
- electrically assisted pedal cycles (EAPC)
Which E-bikes meet the requirements of the EAPC regulations?
The EAPC regulations set out the requirements that e-bikes must satisfy so that they are not considered motor vehicles when on the roads in the UK. The requirements are:
- cycle must be fitted with pedals that are capable of propelling it
- maximum continuous rated power of the electric motor must not exceed 250 Watts
- electrical assistance must cut-off when the vehicles reaches 15.5mph
Bikes that meet these requirements are exempt from this PSPO.
Why are the restrictions necessary?
The restrictions are designed to ensure that all H&F residents and visitors can enjoy the Thames Path safely.
We consulted widely on this issue from December 2022 to February 2023 and the overwhelming response showed support for the introduction of the PSPO to address safety concerns along the river path.
What happens if you fail to comply with this order?
H&F Council’s Law Enforcement Team (LET) officers and other authorised personnel such as Met Police Officers and Police Community Community Support Officers (PCSOs) can issue a Fixed Penalty Notice (FPN) to anyone who does not comply with the rules.
The person believed to have committed the offence will have 14 days to pay the fixed penalty of £100 (reduced to £60 if paid within 7 days). Failure to pay the fine may lead to prosecution.
Any person who repeatedly commits an offence against the new rules and regulations may be liable to be prosecuted and, on summary conviction, to a fine of up to £1,000.
Who to contact
To report PSPO breaches contact the Law Enforcement Team:
Call 020 8753 1100 and select option 3 (this phone number is not a dedicated number solely for PSPO breaches)
Or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
View the full order
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The Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 Section 59 Public Spaces Protection Order
London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham hereby makes the following Order:
No person shall ride/cycle/use an E-scooter or E-bike, or use other vehicles equipped with electric motors (as listed in Schedule 1), along the pedestrianised parts of the Thames Path (shown on the map linked above)
This Order comes into force on 18 October 2023 and expires 17 October 2026
THIS ORDER is made by the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham (in this order called “the Authority”) because The Authority is satisfied on reasonable grounds that activities carried out or likely to be carried out in a public space, namely the Thames Path shown on the attached map:
- Have had or are likely to have a detrimental effect on the quality of life of those in the locality.
- Are or are likely to be unreasonable; and
- the effect, or likely effect, of the activities is, or is likely to be, of a persistent or continuing nature, is, or is likely to be, such as to make the activities unreasonable, and justifies the restrictions imposed by the Order.
No person shall ride/cycle/use an E-scooter or E-bike, or use other vehicles equipped with electric motors as listed in Schedule 1, along the pedestrianised parts of the Thames Path shown on this map of area covered by Thames Path PSPO unless –
that person has a reasonable excuse for failing to comply; or
the owner, occupier or other person or authority having control of the land has consented (generally or specifically) to that person failing to comply.
- Nothing in this order shall affect a Disabled person (see Schedule 2 for eligibility), or anyone with restricted mobility who uses any electric powered vehicle as a mobility aid.
- Nothing in this order shall affect any parent or carer using electric powered vehicles to transport children.
- Nothing in this order shall effect the use of bicycle that meets the requirements of The Electrically Assisted Pedal Cycles – EAPC – (Amendment) Regulations 2015
C. What happens if you fail to comply with this order
It is an offence for a person without reasonable excuse:
- to do anything that the person is prohibited from doing by a public spaces protection order, or
- to fail to comply with a requirement to which a person is subject under a public spaces protection order
A person guilty of an offence under this section is liable on summary conviction to a fine.
The council’s Law Enforcement Officers and other authorised personnel such as Police Officers, and Police Community Support Officers can issue Fixed Penalty Notices (FPNs) to people who continue to break these rules. A person committing an offence will have 14 days to pay the fixed penalty of £100 (or £60 if paid within 7 days), failing which they may be prosecuted.
Any person who repeatedly commits an offence may be liable to be prosecuted. Therefore, those who fail to comply with any of the requirements or prohibitions in this Order could be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 (currently £1,000) on the standard scale.
Any challenge to this Order must be made at the High Court by an interested person within six (6) weeks of it being made. An interested person is someone who lives in, regularly works in or visits the restricted area. This means that only those who are directly affected by the restrictions have the right to challenge. The right to challenge also exists where an order is varied by the council.
Interested persons can challenge the validity of the Order on two grounds:
- that the council did not have the power to make the Order or to include particular prohibitions or requirements; or
- that one of the requirements of the legislation, for instance consultation, has not been complied with.
When an application is made, the High Court can decide to suspend the operation of the Order pending the Court's decision, in part or in whole. The High Court can uphold, quash, or vary the Order.
This order shall remain in place until 17 October 2026
NEIL THURLOW, Assistant Director of Community Safety, Resilience and CCTV
CRAIG KNIGHT, Superintendent, METROPOLITAN POLICE
THE COMMON SEAL OF THE COUNCIL OF THE LONDON BOROUGH OF HAMMERSMITH AND FULHAM was affixed to this Deed in the presence of:-
Grant Deg 19 Oct 2023 15:52:35 BST
Authorised Officer on behalf of the council
Grant Deg, Assistant Director of Legal Services
Seal ID: 24143
The Thames Path within the London Borough of Hammersmith & Fulham. Please see map of area covered by Thames Path PSPO
Schedule 1- Prohibited vehicles
- E-bikes (any bicycle equipped with an electric motor save for any bicycle that meets the EAPC 2015 regulations)
- E-scooters (any scooter equipped with an electric motor)
- Quad bikes
Schedule 2 - the statutory disabilities where an exemption to the order would apply are as used by London Councils (in accordance with the Transport Act 2000) in respect to transportation and eligibility for Freedom Passes.
- People who are blind or partially sighted
- People who are blind or partially sighted People who are profoundly or severely deaf
- People without speech
- People who have a disability, or have suffered an injury, which has left them with a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to walk.
- People who do not have arms/legs or have a long-term loss of the use of both arms/legs.
- People who have a learning disability that is defined as 'a state of arrested or incomplete development of mind which includes significant impairment of intelligence and social functioning’.
- People who, if they applied for the grant of a licence to drive a motor vehicle under Part III of the Road Traffic Act 1988, would have their application refused pursuant to section 92 of the Act (physical fitness) otherwise than on the ground of persistent misuse of drugs or alcohol.
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