Coventry's worst bus lanes revealed as thousands of fines handed out by council

-Credit: (Image: Coventry City Council)
-Credit: (Image: Coventry City Council)


Thousands of bus lane fines have been handed to drivers by Coventry City Council in the last year. New figures show the city council issued 40,000 bus lane fines in just 12 months, with more than half relating to just one bus gate.

The council also ranks highly for the number of fines compared to similar authorities. Figures show it issued 42,813 tickets to drivers for breaking the restrictions from April 2023-24.

The data comes from Freedom of Information requests sent to councils by advice firm Personal Injury Claims UK. It shows fines issued in Coventry were the fourth highest of 22 metropolitan district councils.

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The tickets were worth £1.2 million if every driver paid £30, the company said. Only Manchester, Sheffield and Birmingham sent out more fines during this time, their research showed.

The investigation also revealed Coventry's bus lane hotspots where the most drivers fall foul of restrictions. Hales Street at the junction with the Burges was the clear winner as a whopping 27,141 fines were issued for this bus gate, which is the newest in the city, in force since July 2023.

The bus lane hit the headlines in February when a council report revealed it had netted the council £500,000 in six months from 25,000 fines. In contrast, just over 9,000 fines were sent out in 12 months for drivers using the city's second worst-hit bus lane, at the Whittle Arch.

The council issued fewer than 3,000 tickets for each of the other four bus lanes. Stoney Road saw the least drivers fined, with 963 penalty notices sent out.

Coventry council's website states it runs a bus lane enforcement scheme to improve how reliable public transport is and boost sustainable travel. Signs show when restrictions are in force and if there are no times it operates 24/7.

Drivers are caught out by ANPR cameras which record cars using the lanes. Anyone breaking the rules is sent a £70 fine which is reduced to £35 if paid within 21 days and rises to £105 if unpaid after 28 days.

A spokesperson for Coventry City Council said: "Access to bus lanes is restricted to buses, taxis and other authorised vehicles with the aim of reducing bus journey times, reducing traffic congestion and improving air quality.

"Many local authorities enforce bus lanes and Coventry City Council introduced enforcement cameras in 2011. A new bus gate was introduced in Coventry city centre in July 2023 and this resulted in the amount of fines increasing compared to the previous year when 26,683 were issued.

"Any driver who receives a fine for driving in a bus lane in Coventry can choose to appeal to an independent adjudication service."

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