Bus lane enforcement ensures the free flow of traffic across the city and is mainly used in areas where there is a traffic congestion issue or a problem with bus lane abuse.
Bus lane orders are made under the Traffic Management Act of 2004.
Who can use a bus lane?
During operational hours (see below) only buses, hackney carriages (black cabs) and pedal cycles can use bus lanes. Other vehicles making use of bus lanes during operational times will be fined.
What does a bus lane look like?
Bus lanes are marked with a white line, the words "Bus Lane" marked on the road and a sign displayed ahead of the bus lane stating the times of operation. If no times are stated, bus lanes are operational 24 hours a day. A section of broken white lines in the bus lane means it is permitted for vehicles to cross the bus lane to turn left or into an adjacent loading bay.
How do we enforce bus lanes?
CCTV cameras are used to record vehicles driving or parking in bus lanes. All recordings are checked for mitigating circumstances.
If captured by CCTV using a bus lane during restricted hours, a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) may be issued.
- See a photo of the incident (allow 24 hours)