Drivers face fines on 'industrial scale' for breaking lane rule on UK roads

Drivers are being fined on an "industrial scale" as cash cow local councils rake in £80million from bus lanes. New analysis from the AA found that English local authorities generated £127.3million in revenue from fines issued to motorists who ventured into bus lanes.

The majority of this surplus was generated by Transport for London with a total of £48.5million. Manchester (£4.8million), Bristol (£2.9million) and Essex (£2.5million) councils were also listed in the top four in the AA findings and research.

AA spokesman Luke Bosdet said: “Bus lanes are a huge money-spinner for many local authorities that enforce them. The cameras that monitor them haul in fines on an industrial scale. The problem is that, for many sites, the number of drivers caught doesn’t go down.

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“That strongly suggests that signage and road markings often don’t do their job in directing drivers away from bus lanes, which need to be kept clear to maintain the efficiency of public transport. It’s hard to believe that so many motorists throw themselves into bus lanes like lemmings, for the joy of losing a day’s wages.

“There needs to be greater transparency of fine levels for bus lanes that are hauling in so much income. If so many drivers are being caught along a stretch of road then surely the enforcement isn’t working properly and the cause of the failure needs to be understood and rectified.”

birmingham-city-council>Birmingham City Council states: "Bus lanes are easy to identify. The words ‘bus lane’ are painted on the ground and their boundaries are clearly marked with a solid white line. Signs ahead of a bus lane show the types of vehicle allowed in the lane and the times when it is in operation. If no times are given, the bus lane is operational 24 hours a day."

The Local Government Association was approached for a comment.