Cambs bus lane blockers set to be fined £60

Cambridgeshire County Council.

Cambridgeshire County Council. - Credit: Archant

CCTV cameras could be used to crackdown on motorists who block bus lanes.

Cambridgeshire County Council could start fining drivers £60 – reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days – should the plans find backing at cabinet next Tuesday.

CCC said the blocking of bus lanes not only hampers bus journeys but can also delay emergency vehicles. It says a survey of three bus lanes in Cambridge discovered they were being misused up to 150 times an hour in peak periods.

The council has funding from the Department for Transport to pay for the scheme which could be in operation next summer.

Councillor Mac McGuire, cabinet member for community infrastructure, said: “Bus Lanes are there for a reason. Blocking bus lanes is inconsiderate and annoying for the vast majority of law abiding drivers who use the road. But more importantly it is breaking the law, increases congestion and puts lives at risk. Keeping bus lanes clear means public transport can work and reduce congestion and pollution.

“The lanes are also used by emergency services and cyclists. The survey shows clearly that a minority of drivers are ignoring the law. We know from other councils across the country that enforcement helps improves bus times and reduce congestion. The enforcement will be done on a common sense basis where officers will look at the footage of any suspected offence before issuing a fine.”

A review of signage and lines on bus lanes would be carried out prior to fines being issued.