Monday, September 14, 2015

The £6m Bus Lane: Outrage Over 'Entrapment'

   

Prefix Comment:

It appears Lambeth Council has been greatly embarrassed by this video and called for YouTube to remove!

Camera enforcement of bus lanes seems to have overtaken parking tickets as the major cause for complaint from motorists, according to the AA.

The motoring organisation is now calling on the Government to intervene, when a single bus lane generates more than 10,000 fines to drivers.

The majority of people have complained of being issued with a ticket for merging into a bus lane too early, as they turn left. Others have said they were caught on camera as they let emergency vehicles pass.

A bus lane at a junction in Lambeth is believed to be the top money-maker in the country, bringing in an estimated £6m over the last few years. It has also triggered most complaints to the AA.

Chaz Dawson was one of those who has received a fine there said his original appeal to the local council was rejected, but he is determined to try again and believes the signage and the road layout is unclear - misleading thousands of motorists each year.

Lambeth Council said: "Motorists who drive in bus lanes cause delays to bus passengers and commuters. Clapham Park Road is used by a vast number of motorists on a daily basis, with the majority doing so without receiving a Penalty Charge Notice... it is clearly marked and complies with all the regulations and standards."

Edmund King from the AA told Sky News: "Whilst we support the use of bus lanes in the right places, functioning at the right times, we are totally opposed to entrapment cameras on poorly designed or poorly signed bus lane junctions.

"If thousands of drivers are getting tickets at that same junction then something is clearly wrong and that junction or bus lane should be reviewed."

Around 800,000 traffic penalty fines are issued in Great Britain each year.

The Department for Transport has said it is down to local authorities to set the design, operation and enforcement of bus lanes. 


Source: SkyNews