Two fixed bus lane enforcement cameras in South Gloucestershire are now in operation.
The bus lane enforcement cameras are located at Highwood Road in Patchway and at New Road/Brierly Furlong in Stoke Gifford. The cameras will address the abuse of bus lanes and bus gates by unauthorised traffic and will help ensure the reliability of local bus services.
South Gloucestershire Council (SGC) says the cameras have been installed in response to reports from both bus companies and members of the public that the bus lanes at these locations are being abused. Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) will be issued to anyone that infringes the bus lanes and will include a secure web link to a video showing the offence.
Chair of SGC’s Communities Committee Cllr Heather Goddard said:
“The council agreed its policy on bus lane enforcement cameras back in 2013. Since then, there have been a number of high profile cases nationally where bus lane enforcement has been criticised and we wanted to learn from those before switching on our cameras.”
“We are not trying to catch anyone out, we want the cameras to be easily visible and we have made an effort to ensure that signs and road markings are as clear as possible to motorists. Hopefully motorists will avoid penalties by not driving in the lanes reserved for buses.”
An SGC spokesperson added:
“Each potential infringement will be reviewed by a qualified officer and if any mitigating factors such as needing to pull over for an emergency vehicle are present, we wouldn’t issue the PCN.”
“The monitoring system uses Automatic Number Plate Recognition to identify unauthorised vehicles and generate penalty notices. As well as ensuring that bus journeys are not delayed, enforcement will also help remove unauthorised traffic that can delay emergency vehicles.”
For more info visit www.southglos.gov.uk/buslanecameras
Photo: Bus lane enforcement camera signage at the junction of New Road and Brierly Furlong in Stoke Gifford.
Source: Press release from South Gloucestershire Council.