If you’re travelling in to town make sure you don’t stray in to the bus lanes, Aberdeen City Council have started bus lane enforcement this morning.
Aberdeen City Council was granted authority to carry out the civil enforcement of bus lanes after submitting a business case to the Scottish Government. The main objectives are to improve traffic flow, journey times, encourage the use of public transport, and improve air quality in the city.
If you use a bus lane when you are driving your car in to the city the chances are you will be served with a £60 fine reduced to £30 if paid within 14 days. The council is allowing motorists a grace period and anyone caught flouting the rules in that time will receive a warning letter instead of a charge notice. Repeat offenders, however, will be fined.
Eleven digital cameras have been installed on strategic routes across the city to tackle the growing problem of illegal use of the bus lanes. The cameras have been rigorously tested ahead of todays launch. During one day of testing, when only four cameras were being used, 1,200 offences were detected.
The only vehicles allowed to use the bus lanes are buses, taxis, private licensed hire vehicles and bicycles. Emergency service vehicles can use them only when responding to an emergency.