Drop in rev­enue from bus lane fines as fewer is­sued

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Rev­enue from Bath bus lanes has fallen again amid a drop of more than 4,500 fines is­sued at New Bond Street sec­tion alone. The lane at Pul­teney Bridge is now the city’s most pro­lific and big­gest money spin­ner for Bath and North East Som­er­set Coun­cil in terms of bus lane vi­o­la­tions. In total, 22,427 fixed penalty no­tices were is­sued last year and £616,000 was added to the coun­cil’s cof­fers. “Fol­low­ing the de­duc­tion of op­er­at­ing costs in ac­cor­dance with cur­rent leg­is­la­tion the coun­cil is per­mit­ted to spend its park­ing sur­plus which is al­lo­cated to fund im­prove­ments to trans­port and spe­cific trans­port re­lated schemes,” the coun­cil said. The fig­ures, re­vealed af­ter a Free­dom of In­for­ma­tion re­quest by our web­site Bath Live, also show mo­torists have only a small chance of ap­peal­ing any fine. B&NES Coun­cil said 4,682 fines were ap­pealed - a huge rise on the 1,458 ap­pealed in 2015/16 - and only 38 of th­ese ap­peals were sub­mit­ted to the Traf­fic Penalty Tri­bunal. Of th­ese, a mere nine ap­peals were up­held. The coun­cil web­site lists 10 bus lanes - all of which are in the city of Bath - and their dif­fer­ent days and times of oper­a­tion. In re­sponse to our re­quest, the coun­cil sup­plied fig­ures for the num­ber of fines is­sued for the fol­low­ing six lanes:

Pul­teney Bridge 9407

New Bond Street 6682

High Street 3336

North­gate Street 1576

Lon­don Road 907

Wells Road 519 Most fines were is­sued from the clus­ter of bus lanes around Waitrose in Bath city cen­tre. Both the High Street and North­gate Street lo­ca­tions are part of the same junc­tion at New Bond Street, but ap­proach from dif­fer­ent direc­tions. In a marked shift from the pre­vi­ous fi­nan­cial year’s to­tals, the Pul­teney Bridge bus lane, which is re­stricted 24 hours a day, recorded 2,700 fewer con­tra­ven­tions than in 2015/16. Bus lanes can be iden­ti­fied by: signs di­rect­ing traf­fic away from the bus lane ask­ing you to move into the cor­rect lane road mark­ings with ar­rows point­ing traf­fic away from the bus lane and into the cor­rect lane a sign stat­ing that CCTV is be­ing used (this is a sym­bol of a cam­era) a sign stat­ing what ve­hi­cles are al­lowed on this part of the road this could be a pic­ture of a taxi, bus, bike and emer­gency ve­hi­cle. Driv­ers given a fine are en­cour­aged to choose the early pay­ment op­tion of £30. Those who don’t pay up quickly may have to pay £60. The coun­cil of­fered no ex­pla­na­tion for what could be be­hind the sharp fall in fines.

Traf­fic is di­rected into the left-hand lane on New Bond Street and be­low, a bus lane sign at Pul­teney Bridge and Bridge Street where many mo­torists have fallen foul of the lanes

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