City makes £2m in bus lane camera fines from motorists
UP TO £2 million has been raked in from drivers caught using Birmingham bus lanes in a year.
A Freedom of Information request also revealed over 90,000 drivers had been caught on camera using bus lanes over the past four years.
A total of 33,850 fines at £60 each were issued to drivers using bus lanes in the city centre between 2015 and 2016 alone.
The most lucrative camera hotspots were the southbound route towards Old Square on Priory Queensway – which averaged 18 fines per day. Fines are £60 but many get a discount of £30 if the bill is settled within 14 days. The fine can also rise to £90 if not paid within 28 days.
City transport bosses recently agreed plans to introduce further bus lane enforcement cameras in Lichfield Road, Aston, Tyburn Road, Pype Hayes and Bordesley Green and are thought to be looking at more commuter routes around the city.
The cameras were first introduced in Priory Queensway and Moor Street Queensway in 2013.
But they become a major point of contention after part of Corporation Street was closed to buses for construction of the Midland Metro tram line. Many motorists and taxi drivers complained they did not see warning signs and thousands were caught.
Parents visiting Birmingham Children’s Hospital also complained other road signs encouraged them to use the Priory Queensway bus lane. An independent adjudicator agreed and thousands of fines were written off as more visible signs installed.
> 33,850 fines at £60 each were issued to drivers using bus lanes in the city centre between 2015 and 2016