City makes £2m in bus lane camera fines from mo­torists

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

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

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.