Fines for breaching coronavirus travel restrictions in Wales could rise – Wales Online

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Fines for breaching travel restrictions in Wales could rise following reports of people breaking lockdown rules over the weekend.

First Minister Mark Drakeford said the current level of fines will rise if police data shows the current system is “not effective”.

People in England are allowed to drive to another location to exercise, but not in Wales.

It comes as police stopped a number of people travelling to Wales from England over the weekend.

Mr Drakeford said that police forces are putting evidence together for the Welsh Government and he will receive a report from the four forces on Monday (April 18) to “see what happened over the weekend”.

On Monday Mr Drakeford told BBC Radio Wales Breakfast that examples of people travelling from England to Wales are “concerning”.

Mr Drakeford said: “If we find that there has been an increase in people coming across our border… doing it recklessly, then that conversation about the level of fines with our chief constables and police and crime commissioners will continue at the start of this week.”

He added: “If they’re [fines] not being effective, and the way to make them effective is to raise the level, then that’s what we will do.”

Fines in Wales start at £60 and increase to £120 for a second offence. In England fines start at £100.

The Welsh Government said : “We continue to keep fines under review and, if the police believe stronger fines are needed, this will be considered.”

Three cars carrying 11 people were caught travelling 120 miles from Manchester into Wales before being stopped by police while two people who flouted lockdown rules to make a 100-mile trip to Wales to walk their dog were also allegedly caught with cannabis by police.

On Monday, the chief executive of Snowdonia National Park Authority, Emyr Williams, told BBC Radio Wales Breakfast that people have travelled to the national park from as far as Milton Keynes and Manchester.

Mr Williams said that people from England offered a “convenient excuse” that they were not aware of differences between guidelines in Wales and England.

He suggested next weekend would be “a much more challenging weekend” for the authorities.

This article originally appeared here in https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/politics/wales-england-lockdown-fines-coronavirus-18268441

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