Bus lane enforcement cameras set to go live

Published: Tuesday, 29th August 2017

The next phase of bus lane enforcement cameras are set to go live in Birmingham – with a clear warning to motorists: cross the line, pay the fine.

Bus lane enforcement sign

Bus lane cameras will be located along the B4128 in Bordesley Green, A5127 and A38 Lichfield Road and Tyburn Road, and on the A441 Pershore Road. Bus lanes keep the city moving, giving priority to buses so they can avoid traffic congestion.

They will go live from September 4, with any motorist caught driving in bus lanes at those locations from that date receiving a warning letter.

However, anyone caught driving in those bus lanes from October 2 can expect to receive a £60 fixed penalty notice. There have always been restrictions on driving in bus lanes, regardless of whether or not there are enforcement cameras. Lack of enforcement is no excuse for driving in a bus lane.

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 will be situated in Broad Street, Hagley Road West, Birchfield Road and Coventry Road between September 4 and October 2 (specific dates to be confirmed), when leaflets will be handed out to motorists to raise awareness of bus lane enforcement.

Councillor 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.”

Further information, including details of existing camera locations, is available here.

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Background notes

Income from penalty charges pays for enforcement, including employing civil enforcement officers, the administration of staff involved in collecting the fines, maintenance of signs and lines, and other associated costs. Should there be any surplus, it can only be spent on measures to improve public transport or other highways-associated improvements.