More than 5,200 bus lane drivers warned as cameras go live

Published: 05 July 2019

 

Warnings have been sent to 5253 registered keepers after their vehicle was caught in a bus lane in the two weeks before new enforcement cameras went live.

Registered keepers were sent a letter similar to a Penalty Charge Notice, stating when and where an approved device had captured the vehicle being driven in a bus lane.

At its peak during the two week warning period between 16 May and 30 May, there were as many as 700 cars a day using the bus lanes which were monitored by staff.

The bus lanes are located on London Road, Bath Road, Farnham Road. The High Street in Slough’s town centre is also set be included in the enforcement programme.

Bus lanes only permit use by buses, taxis, motorbike and cyclists during restricted times.

The introduction of the Mass Rapid Transport scheme aims to give those who are using public transport a more reliable journey by keeping public transport lanes free at peak times.

Councillor Rob Anderson, cabinet member for transport and environmental services, said the warning period was now over, the cameras were live and motorists caught in the bus lanes when they were excluded would be fined.

He said: “The aim is to keep the lanes free to allow commuters choosing public transport to have a reliable journey which does not happen if the bus lane is blocked full of other vehicles.

“Whilst bus lanes will enable cyclists, taxis and motorcycles to use these lanes, it will also assist in changing behaviours and reduce cars on the network as we are promoting alternative sustainable modes of transport.”

The registered keeper of vehicles detected in the bus lanes during the restricted times will receive a Penalty Charge Notice through the post and it will include a picture of the vehicle in the bus lane.

Motorists will be fined £60 which will be discounted to £30 if it is paid within 14 days from the date of the notice. Representation can be made in writing with details on how this can be done is included on the penalty notice.

The cameras started to become operational from 31 May, 2019.