Birmingham begins bus lane enforcement

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The next phase of bus lane enforcement cameras have gone live in Birmingham.

Bus lane cameras are located along the B4128 in Bordesley Green, A5127 and A38 Lichfield Road and Tyburn Road, and on the A441 Pershore Road. Any motorist caught driving in bus lanes at those locations will receive a warning letter.

From October 2, anyone caught driving in those bus lanes can expect to receive a £60 fixed penalty notice.

Particular attention has been paid to ensuring clear signage and road markings are in place at all camera locations, while the council is also running a full public awareness campaign, including adverts on the backs of buses, radio adverts, posters, social media and letters to residents.

Additionally, a mobile camera vehicle is expected to be situated in Broad Street, Hagley Road West, Birchfield Road and Coventry Road between September 4 and October 2, when leaflets will be handed out to motorists to raise awareness of bus lane enforcement.

Cllr Stewart Stacey, Cabinet Member for Transport and Roads at Birmingham City Council, said: “This is about keeping the city moving and selfish motorists who illegally travel in bus lanes have a serious impact on journey times for bus and taxi passengers and further exacerbate the city’s congestion problems. This, in turn, has an adverse impact on the environment.“We have learned the lessons of 2013

and have made sure that all signage and road markings are not only legally and technically compliant, but are seen as fair and reasonable.

“This isn’t about trying to catch people out. I want everyone to know exactly where these cameras are so that they keep out of the bus lanes, rather than having to pay a fine. Even if we don’t collect a single penny, the scheme will still be a success because it will mean people have heeded our message and are obeying the law. However, any fines that are collected can only be spent on transport projects.

“The message really couldn’t be simpler: cross the line, pay the fine.”